Squad stand-ups

How to run stand-ups in team squads

Each squad must have a stand-up meeting every morning, with the possible exception of end-of-iteration demo days.

Guidelines

All stand-ups should try to follow these guidelines, as well as general best practice.

  • Stand-ups should be as quick a possible and no longer than 15min
  • Stand-ups should happen each day at the same time each day, even if a team member is late

Standard format

During a stand-up, each team should discuss:

  • the state and progress of current work (cards and epics)
  • anything blocking current work and how to resolve it
  • how close the team is to achieving their iteration goals

Appropriate questions

  • Questions about the progress/ state of the work
  • Questions about the state and quality of task cards and epics
  • Questions about dependencies between various task cards

Before stand-up

Each team member can help the stand-up go smoothly by checking these points before each stand-up:

  • Make sure your task cards are updated and are in correct columns
  • Make sure you know the latest state of your work e.g if you’re waiting for a review to come through
  • Make sure you checked your emails so you know if anything that might impact your work came through over night
  • Make sure you update your team on early leave or similar events

General tips

If team members get involved into a lengthy conversation ask them to stop and continue the discussion after stand up with the relevant people.

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