Agile Daily Stand-up - Agile Methodology

What is Daily stand up in Agile methodology?

Daily stand-up, as the name indicates, is a daily status meeting conducted among all the members of an agile team. It is useful for up-to-date status of the team and also finds out the problems of team members into focus so that it can be resolved quickly. Daily stand-up is a mandatory practice, no matter how an agile team is established regardless of its office location.

What is Daily Stand-up?

  • A daily stand-up is a daily status report held in meeting among all team members and it lasts for roughly 15 minutes.
  • Every member has to answer three important questions −
    • What I did yesterday?
    • What I'll do today?
    • Any impediment I am facing.../ I am blocked due to...
  • Daily stand-up is only set for up-to-date status, it is not supposed for any discussion. In order to put discussion, team members should schedule another meeting at a different time.
  • Participants usually stand instead of sitting in the meeting so that they could wind up the meeting as soon as possible.

Why Stand-up is Important?

The benefits of having a daily stand-up in agile are as follows −
  • The team could do evaluation process and can find the progress on a daily basis to see whether they can deliver as per the iteration plan.
  • Each team member should inform all about his/ her commitments for the day.
  • It provides visibility to the team on any delay or obstacles.

Who Attends a Stand-up?

  • The scrum master, the product owner, and the delivery team should attend the stand-up on a daily basis.
  • Stakeholders and Customers have the option to attend the meeting and they can observe the team as to what is going on, but they are not supposed to involve in stand-ups.
  • It is the scrum master's responsibility to make note of each team member's queries and the problems they are facing in the project.

Geographically Dispersed Teams

You need to select a member on a rotational basis, because team members can operate on different time zones. The person can attend the stand-up meeting of teams located in different time zones.

  • Stand-ups can be done in multiple ways, in case the agile team members are operating from different time zones −
  • Make a separate stand-up per team, report the status of the stand-up on daily basis in a tool such as Rally, SharePoint, Wikis, etc.
  • You need to make necessary arrangements of wide variety of communication tools ready like conference call, video conferencing, instant messengers, or any other third-party knowledge sharing tools.

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