Standups in a nutshell:
- set a disciplined, defined and energetic start to the day.
- Re focus yourself on your plan for the day
- Re focus the team on the goal for the sprint
- communicate with your team members. Hear what they are doing.
To help achieve these goals, typically we let standups revolve around three questions:
- What did I do yesterday?
- What will I do today?
- What do I need help with?
Getting your team to stay on pointThere are a couple of things to try.
One experiment to try and stay on point is to get the team to prepare a (6x4) Q card with the 3 questions specifically answered. Each member then reads out their answers at standup.
Another experiment is to pair up team members. Before standup, each member reports their answers to the three questions to their partner. The partner then relays this at standup.
Warning signs and things to try in your standup
- People wandering into problem solving mode in the standup.
Park the discussion. Resume after standup with just the interested parties.
- People reporting to the scrum master or the product owner.
Try to report to the whole team.
- People not listening to their team members.
Try agreeing a team value. If you are not listening to me, I'm not listening to you.
- People joining the standup late and leaving early, once they have given their update.
Discussion with the team member and agreement of a team value to take full part in the standup should help here