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A reminder about standsups

Standsup can become a chore without an obvious value. Either 1) because I work very tightly with the team. I care about what they do, and know what they’re doing today. We hold each other accountable on progress through frequent interaction. Or 2) Because I am too stressed around my own tasks. I “don’t have the time” to hear about others plans and their progress. If this is the case, I could need a timeout and reminder on why we do standups:

  1. Telling people I trust my goals for today, helps me focus and motivated to do those things.
  2. Saying what I accomplished yesterday, keep me accountable and give weight to stating those goals.
  3. Asking for help to remove any blockers, allow us to help maintain speed, rather than staying stuck.

Having standups also allow me to feel involved in what happens within the team and what we make. I get the opportunity to give input (after the standup) to areas of the product before they are implemented. We become a team, and prevent us sliding into a group of individual developers.

Mistakes I have done have include

  • Being unclear about whether I accomplished yesterdays goals. This removes meaning from stating goals.
  • Start talking in depth about a problem I’ve encountered, why I didn’t accomplish goals, or anything but the 3 points. This contribute to standups feeling ineffective, boring or feeling related to guilt.
  • Not listening, but instead thinking about what I am going to say. If I tend to do this, I should write down the 3 points before the standup.

tomfa • 2020-05-16

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