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Discussion on: Daily Standup Meetings are useless

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Will Lawrence

When I see stand ups, there is usually a format that all stand ups follow:

  1. What I did yesterday
  2. What I am doing today
  3. Are there any blockers?

In my mind, the first one is actually bad. It forces you into a performance of why you are valuable and deserve to be on a team. It's totally not needed. What are you are doing today, and do you need help is more than enough.

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Davide de Paolis Author

in a perfect world, we would not need any of the 3 points.

  • would you like to know what i did yesterday? check TOOL_OF_YOUR_CHOICE for tickets I moved to DONE
  • would you like to know what I will be doing today? check TOOL_OF_YOUR_CHOICE for tickets I moved to IN PROGRESS/FOR DEVELOPMENT
  • would you like to know if I am somehow blocked? check TOOL_OF_YOUR_CHOICE for tickets I moved to BLOCKED
  • would you like to have more details about that? read the comments in those tickets. No need for such a meeting at all. Reality though is way different from any textbook or manifesto, and people have different levels of work ethic, discipline, different skills, different cultural background and language, and this is why having a meeting gives a better overview and helps some things to emerge. It is not perfect, but it is the best way we have - and we can always to our best to improve it, until it is completly unnecessary.