Definition of Standup Meeting:

In Agile and especially Scrum, teams hold a 15-minute standup meeting each morning at the same time in the same location to share their current work status during an iteration or sprint. The idea of a standup is that it should be relevant, yet brief enough that team members don’t become uncomfortable with standing.

Synonyms for Standup Meeting:

Daily Scrum, Daily Standup, Daily Huddle

Use of Standup Meetings:

During a standup, the team members come together in front of the team’s physical task board to talk about progress, impediments, and commitments for the current iteration or sprint. Scrum teams typically answer these three questions about their work status:

1) What did I work on yesterday?
2) What will I work on, or complete, today?
3) What impediments are preventing me from meeting this commitment?


All discussion during the standup should be focused on answering these three questions. Other questions that arise can be addressed outside of the standup.

Benefits of Standup Meetings:

  • Keep workflow on track.
  • Keep the meeting short (due to standing).
  • Help identify and resolve problems as quickly as possible.
  • Increase the team’s accountability, communication, and collaboration.
  • Promote self-organization and personal planning among team members.
  • Help team members resolve issues and make small course corrections.
  • Provide face-to-face interaction (if on site).

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