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The Daily Pre-Standup

Andrew Fuqua
Reading: The Daily Pre-Standup

If you don’t find your standup effective, it may be due to a lack of proper preparation. Mike wrote a nice article on the daily stand-up meeting and why it probably isn’t effective for you. Once you’ve mastered those tips, consider your prep. Here’s small subset of things I consider before each standup. This varies by situation.

  • Are all the stories in the right state on the card wall (or in the tool)?
  • What is blocked?
  • Is there a bottleneck?
  • Has anyone pulled a new story into the iteration? Was it done without permission of the whole team and Product Owner?
  • Are any stories lacking only Product Owner acceptance? If so, can I push them through?
  • What is closest to being done? Do I need to encourage the team to swarm on that?
  • Are the done stories ready for the demo? Who is going to do the demo and are they ready?
  • Look at the burndown and Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD). How close are we to the end of the sprint? How much work remains? What action do I need to take, if any, based on what I see?
  • Where are we in the release (i.e. if not deploying continuously)?
  • Do I know who is working on each task? Can I tell?
  • Do I know who is working on no task? Who is idle?
  • Is the build broken?
  • Do I need to remind anyone of anything, such as an upcoming backlog refinement meeting?
  • Given all that I learned in my preparation, what approach to today’s standup would be most effective?

Why do I do this before the standup? Why not do get these questions answered during? Because I want to know what is knowable from simply looking at the information radiators before the standup so that I can focus in the standup on what’s not knowable from the radiators.

Who should do this? The ScrumMaster and coach definitely should. I think everyone should.

Let me hear from you: Post in the comments what you consider when you prep for the stand-up.

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@AndrewMFuqua is a founding member of XP-Atlanta in 2001. Currently an Enterprise Transformation Consultant, Andrew has previously held positions in management, product management and software development at companies like Internet Security Systems, Allure Global, and IBM. Andrew earned a BS and MS in computer science and has an MBA from Duke University.

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