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 [hypotext target=”target-block”]these three questions about their work status:[/hypotext]
[hypotext id=”target-block”]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?[/hypotext]
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).