Followers of the Scrum method of project management will typically start their day with a "stand-up meeting". In short, this is a quick daily meeting (15 minutes or less) where the participants share the answers to the following questions with each other:
- Was I able to fulfill what I committed to?
- What am I comfortable committing to today?
- What is obstructing me in meeting my commitments?
Jason Yip from Thoughtworks has written an excellent article entitled It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns of Daily Stand-up Meetings on how to hold an effective daily stand-up meeting. In it, he helps answer questions such as:
- "What is the purpose of the daily stand-up meeting?"
- "Who attends the daily stand-up?"
- "What do we talk about during the daily stand-up?"
- "When and where are the daily stand-ups held?"
- "How do we keep up the energy level of the daily stand-up?"
- "How do we encourage self-managing daily stand-ups?"
- "Smells are about when things are going wrong"
Check it out!
 It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns of Daily Stand-up Meetings, Jason Yip, ThoughtWorks, Inc.