Stand up meeting

The benefits of the daily stand-up meeting

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24 May 2016

The second task of the day in the Psoda office (making coffee is the first) is the daily stand-up meeting. We spend 15 minutes going round the team discussing the previous day’s achievements, the plans for the day ahead and any issues.
As we’re so busy, it’s a great way for us to catch up and find out what everyone is working on. Our stand-up meeting is an “all hands” meeting so it includes everyone from the CEO down and we all get a chance to contribute.
What makes these meetings work is that we stick strictly to the 15 minute time limit, so there’s little risk of the meeting veering off course. If anything is raised that needs further discussion, a follow-up conversation is scheduled with only those people who need to be involved.
Sticking to the stand-up rule also help keep the meetings short. Meetings are mercilessly short if no one gets to sit down and get too comfortable waffling on!
We’ve put together a list of five benefits that we feel makes having stand up meetings worthwhile:

  1. Fewer meetings since we keep on top of issues and progress daily
  2. Find out about problems sooner
  3. Problems get resolved faster
  4. Easier to measure progress
  5. Builds team unity

In case you’re in any doubt about the benefits of stand-up meetings here’s what the team have to say about them:
Luke, developer: “The daily stand up meeting gives me a chance to see where everyone is with their work and to get help with issues”
Marina, designer: “It makes it easy to see where I am in my workload and plan my day. It’s Important to know where the development team are at and this gives me that information in real time, it also lets me get quick feedback on my designs”
Rhona, COO: “I get a lot out of the stand-up meetings. It lets me see how my team are getting on and whether I need to reprioritise workload and gives me a chance to catch up on how the other teams are doing”
Bruce, CEO: “I can quickly identify issues that I can help the team resolve, as well as giving them an insight into how the business is running”
Just give it a go
Wondering if quick fire daily stand-up meetings will work in your organisation and result in the same benefits as we have experienced at Psoda? The only way to find out is simply to give it a go.
Start by sharing this blog post with your team and stakeholders so they know what they’re in for and understand what you’re trying to achieve. Then remove the chairs from your meeting room and get the coffee brewing!

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Written by Rhona Aylward
Rhona is Deputy Everything Officer at Psoda, where she does everything except code. After starting life as a microbiologist she moved into PMO leadership roles around the world before settling in New Zealand with her family.

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