As honesty is the best policy in situations like this, I told my colleague that I hadn’t the faintest idea what she was talking about.
“You know,” she said, “scrum… a daily stand-up meeting”.
Well—I hadn’t come across this so thought I had better research it. Apparently ’scrum’ is a product development process which encourages close daily collaboration on a project thus avoiding the traditional sequential methodology.
Now that sounds like a good thing.
And, to be honest, so do stand-up meetings. After all, what better incentive to cut to the chase than being obliged to stand up rather than settling down (as so many do) for a long-haul disorganized exchange?
Talking of being organized, the stand-up meeting agenda also meets with Kanu approval. This is because the meetings are based around the three key questions that neatly characterize all of our working experiences, namely:
- What did I achieve yesterday?
- What will I achieve today?
- What obstacles are in my way?
All this said, ‘google’ something like ‘disadvantages of stand-up meetings’ and you get to see the other side of the stand-up meeting coin. Meetings that started at 15 minutes and now go on forever. Meetings that degenerate into ‘gripe-fests’ (ugh, more jargon). Meetings that disadvantage the more introverted team member. Meetings that should be nature be held in the morning but have somehow got moved to the afternoon. The list goes on…
… and stand-up meetings shouldn’t.
Fortunately, given that I am declaring myself ‘for’ the concept of a stand-up meeting, not one of the issues with stand-up meetings I saw online was insurmountable.
They just needed leadership from the (please forgive the jargon)… scrum-master (more ugh!).
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