Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Value of Standup

I am continuing my WHY series and here I go for standup.

Outcome of Standup:
We as a team should come out of standup, "knowing how to better attack our day"

Standard 3 questions:
  • What did you do yesterday or from the time we met?
  • What will you do today?
  • Are there any impediments in your way?

Why behind each question:
1) What did you do yesterday or from the time we met? (10-20% of time) 

  • By sharing, what we finished yesterday, we get a sense of accomplishment and also helps in keeping us committed to our yesterday's promise.
  • It is an opportunity to share any quick learning with the team
  • It is also a good segue to the next questions.

2) What will you do today? (50-60 % of time)
  • It helps us in planning our team day and allowing us to effectively plan and execute 
  • It helps, team member/s raise a concern, if their plan, intersects or conflicts with your plan.
  • It allows team member/s to share their knowledge or offer help to you, if they have better knowledge around the area.
  • It allows team member/s to share their bad experience around the area.

3) Are there any impediments in your way? (20-30% of time)
  • We raise them to be able to resolve it as a team as quickly as possible.

Benefits of a stand-up:
  • It is short. 
    • This saves everybody's time, as most of the issues raised will likely only require two people to be involved.
  • It is effective in giving all team members an overview of where, for example, a project is.

Who should be part of it: 
I like the below story, since it best describes the situation.
Chicken: "Let's start a restaurant."

Pig: "Good idea, but what should we call it?"
Chicken: "How about 'Ham and Eggs'"
Pig: "No thanks. I'd be committed, you'd only be involved."
All the Pigs should be part of it and Chickens should be refrained from distracting team. 

Other things, we can discuss after standup:
Any thing, which impacts entire team can be quickly discussed after standup. Since the team is already together, one should take advantage of their focus switch. We may discuss topics which required entire teams attention. For example:
  • Grooming a quick story
  • quick project update
  • quick environment update 
  • Can be anything which impacts team
  • reminding people about upcoming holidays 

Things not to share:
Any information, which does not help the team in planning the day better should not be shared. For example:
  1. I was in feedback meeting with Mariam.
  2. I was part of interview yesterday
  3. I was looking into JIRA-xxxx 
  4. Today I will be attending 1n1 with Mr. Blah Blah


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