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Agile died while you were doing your standup

Despite the successes Agile has brought us, it’s time to take the things we have learned from Agile and move on. Like the technology we use to build the products we love ages and gets left behind, Agile has died while we were perfecting our standup.” Nate Walkingshaw reminds us that while we’re tempted to be satisfied with adopting best practices for certain techniques, it’s important not to lose sight of what’s truly important – delivering outcomes. (via @nwalkingshaw)

The daily standup is a planning meeting—not a status meeting

‘The Daily Standup is much more than a status meeting. This ceremony is intended to be an opportunity for the team to synchronize and make a plan for the day about how they’ll work together to move closer to delivering their goal for the iteration. In fact, just as the purpose of the iteration planning meeting is to give the team the chance to plan their work for the iteration to come, the purpose of the Daily Standup is to give the team the chance to plan one slice of that iteration’s work for the day.” Jeremy Jarrell describes how teams can use their daily meeting to work together to plan the work for the day instead of just reciting status reports. (via @jeremyjarrell)

It’s not just standing up: patterns for daily standup meetings

“Daily standup meetings have become a common ritual of many teams, especially in Agile software development. However, there are many subtle details that distinguish effective standups and a waste of time.” Jason Yip explores these subtle details and discusses the benefits and consequences of common practices for daily standups to help you and your team have more effective standups. (via @jchyip)

3 Tips for effective stand-up meetings

Thomas Schranz is “a huge fan of Stand-Up meetings because they are an effective way to get everyone up to date and to identify potential roadblocks ahead. Fewer emails, less unfocused hour-long meetings, fewer interruptions, more flow time. As an added bonus they are also great for onboarding new team members.” In this post, Thomas explores how introducing just three simple concepts helped Blossom to make the Stand-Up work way better for them. (via @__tosh)

Daily meeting agile glossary entry

The agile glossary from Agile Alliance describes the daily meeting in this way “Each day at the same time, the team meets so as to bring everyone up to date on the information that is vital for coordination: each team members briefly describes any “completed” contributions and any obstacles that stand in their way. “ Read the glossary entry to get further information about the benefits and common pitfalls of daily meetings. (via @AgileAlliance)