Lately I’ve spent quite much time focusing on improving how my teams do stand ups and what occurred to me is that there are bad practice patterns showing up in multiple teams.
Our main problems
I collected and analyzed data from my teams and it seems that there are 2 main problems that makes the teams life harder and our daily stand ups less effective.
The teams fail to create a plan for the day
Not all important topics come up that should
Daily stand up expectations
To solve the issues stated above I set some expectations up that we as a team should achieve in the future.
Make sure we have a plan for the day (It’s great to hear what you did yesterday but that won’t help today)
Make sure that all topics come up that should (It’s okay to have a stand up that’s 15 mins long)
Make sure that everyone understands what they must do today so that the team can be successful that day and in the sprint
Make sure that the team and the product owner are fully aware of how the sprint is doing (So that we can re-plan the sprint as early as possible if needed)
Recently I started using Scrumile a tool that has many great features that help my teams become more successful and efficient. Fortunately it has a great daily stand up support as well, so I started using that, created a new agenda and rules for our daily stand ups.
Daily stand up agenda
First open up the Live Dashboard tab in Scrumile (it supports a great overview of what happening without too much distracting information)
Go around and every team member explains their plan and progress by answering to the following questions:
What are you planning to do today?
If you succeed with what you’re planning to do today, how will that effect the story you’re working on? (Essentially creating a plan of when the story will end)
Can anybody help in your story that you’re working on? (Help the team to focus on what’s important)