The Best Meeting of the Day, The Standup Meeting
“A stand-up meeting is a daily team meeting held to provide a status update to the team members. This meeting is also referred to as Obeya in Japanese, meaning ‘the big room’; in agile circles a ‘scrum’ or huddle; and in the automotive industry ‘fast response’.
The purpose of these meetings is essentially the same:
- Alignment through communication with the team
- Identification and remedies for roadblocks
So what do we talk about during the daily stand-up? Well, Yesterday, Today, and Obstacles.
… focus the meeting using the following format:
- Start the meeting early in the day.
- Should last no more than 15 minutes.
- The entire team should attend (use a delegate or liaison for support). …
- What did I accomplish yesterday?
- What will I do today?
- What obstacles are impeding my progress? …
- Consider the use of a kitchen timer to ensure your meetings won’t last more 15 minutes. …
- Pass a talking stick around so there is less cross-talk. (A strong facilitator is beneficial.) …
- Highlight issues but solve them later, this meeting is not for extended conversations.”