Daily Stand-up: How to ensure your team successfully deliver committed goals
Imagine having a dysfunctional team that consistently fail in the delivery of committed team level goal, how frustrating it can be as a manager or team leader. This is why daily stand-up is a very important ritual for an Agile team.
As agile is getting hotter, many organisations across all industries are adopting it as a working culture to help implement the strategy efficiently as everyone’s day job.
The Agile Manifesto born in 2001 till date emphasizes mindset, practices and framework. The daily stand up is an event in the scrum framework created by Jeff Sutherland Ken Schwaber. They describe the event as a 15minute event where the teams meet each day at the same time and place to coordinate their work by answering the following questions:
- What did I do yesterday to meet the team goals?
- What will I do today to meet the team goals?
- Do I have any impediment preventing me from meeting the team goals?
The daily stand-up is for the team to inspect progress towards the sprint goals, it’s an opportunity for the team to always have a shared alignment on the ongoing project and find chances to collaborate so that the whole team succeeds. The daily stand-up is mostly held at the team agreed place and time.
How to run a successful daily stand-up
The daily stand-up is facilitated by the scrum master and attended by the team and product owner. To have an effective stand-up meeting, the scrum master has to ensure the product owner attends the daily stand-up. This is to ensure there is alignment in the team backlog, work in progress and the intended goal.
The scrum master facilitates each team member in updating their status, this is best done either in the front of a Kanban board or any digital collaboration tool, such as Trello. Each team members keep their update to less than 3 minutes so that everyone can update within the 15minutes time box.
As the scrum master, it is your job to help the team do this effectively and manage the team time. Some meet after conversation besides the agenda for daily stand-up might be raised, educate the team on why it cannot be discussed at daily stand-up and offer the help to facilitate the conversation after daily stand-up with the parties involved.
Once the team as updated their status and impediment have been established, it’s time to end the meeting and start any meet after discussion with the parties involved
Dealing with bad moods or conflicts
It’s not uncommon for team members coming to the stand-up meeting in a bad mood, so as a scrum master, you will have to ensure the daily stand-up doesn’t get boring. One way of doing this is to get the team to agree on a slogan to chant at daily stand-up as a form of morale builder for the team. Sometimes the daily stand-up meetings are where conflicts bubble up, it is not your job to take on the responsibilities of solving the conflicts yourself, instead, encourage the team to take ownership and provide parties involved with a safe environment to discuss and feel heard. In the case of this not helping and the meeting have been hijacked with conflict, stop the meeting and reschedule when the conflict has been solved
Daily stand-up meetings improve communications, identify impediments, promote quick decision-making, and consequently eliminate the need for other meetings. The Daily Stand-up is not the only time teams are allowed to adjust their plan. They often meet throughout the day for more detailed discussions about adapting or re-planning the rest of sprint’s work.
Author: S. Wale Ajomo