Each day, the team gathers for a very short meeting to discuss the current situation on the project. For this meeting, everyone stands in order to avoid long detailed discussions. This is the Standup Meeting, and is used to allow everyone to keep their finger on the pulse of the project. Attendance for this meeting is mandatory, but it is quite limited in length.
During the meeting each team member speaks in turn, answering these 3 questions:
Ensure that when people are answering these question, they don’t get into the “gory details”. All discussions that don’t answer the “3 Questions” should be held outside of the standup.
As a rule of thumb, if your standups are taking more than 1 minute per attendee, then they are too long! You should know that you’re doing well if they are taking 30 seconds per person.
The intention of this very limited discussion is to allow the entire team to know who is working on what, and how they’re progressing. If the meeting is limited to 10-15 minutes, then team members are much more likey to attend. Despite its brevity, the standup meeting provides an amazing level of information to the team.