High-energy stand-up meetings

For a variety of reasons, this morning’s stand-up meeting was a bit of a lifeless affair. I can recall times in the (relatively recent) past when such meetings were an invigorating start to the day. Sarah Taraporewalla has some suggestions for adding a bit of energy to morning stand-up meetings. Sarah Taraporewalla’s Technical Ramblings » …

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Agile process drowns in meetings: kickoffs and walk throughs

I have noticed this phenomenon during our “planning poker” estimation meetings, and to some extent in retrospectives and other meetings about iterations, planning and progress. Each time a meeting is held, the number of attendees increases slightly, and the meeting (sometimes imperceptibly, but the cumulative effect is there) slows down. This slowdown leads to a …

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Should the Daily Standup Be Person-by-Person or Story-by-Story?

Mike Cohn raises an interesting and topical issue about how to indicate what you are working on at a daily stand-up meeting. In our project we are currently working on an iteration where all the stories overlap and interact. Our usual approach is that each developer grabs a story and works on it until its …

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What Makes a Good Stand Up Meeting?

As an agile practitioner and consultant I have been participating in daily stand-up meetings for years now, with generally good results. Occasionally such meetings hit some speed-bumps (for example, one problem seems to be that the group of participants can become a bit too large, but splitting the group does not seem useful either). Such …

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