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Why are you holding onto your daily standup? Is it a status meeting or a chance for your self-organizing team to ensure you’re focusing on removing barriers to deliver quickly? The standup is a very costly period of time and it can be used for good or bad. Agile development focuses on delivering smaller increments of software within short cycles. When your stand-ups become status meetings, it’s time to re-evaluate the goals of your standup.

Are you using the standup as an opportunity to ensure you’re on track to deliver the current commitment? Are you focusing on solutions to challenges? Are you keeping your standup’s focused?

Take 5 minutes to ask the team if the standup is considered a chore or an opportunity, a chance to improve your delivery, or 15 minutes of doldrum. If you’re not focused on improving your delivery, you’re doing it wrong. It’s time to hack your standup!

[Side note: You should read Cheryl Hammond’s article, The Only 2 Questions to Ask in Your Daily Standup. It will blow your mind.]

(Original article appeared in March 25th 2015 edition of The Tempo)

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