Stand-up meeting is boring
Since I always thought stand-up meeting is boring and pointless to the attendees, I took my time to study this practice to uncover its arcane secrets.
Paying close attention to every daily meeting I attended, I noticed that all stand-ups look like school recitals, there are always latecomers, participants usually don’t recognise projects in which others are engaged, and no one raises problems.
Based on my research and my personal experience, I found some interesting points I want to share with you.
Don’t take it too seriously
The rules shouldn’t be fixed. Attendees add questions, raise problems, and do anything necessary to always get useful answers. This is what a stand-up meeting stands for, it’s not just as a status report. It doesn’t matter when and where the daily stand-ups are held. Flexibility gives attendees the opportunity to be at their ease, and the stand-up acts more like a common meeting with friends, making people comfortable to speak and expose their problems.
People have the power
The success of a stand-up meeting depends on the attendees. Having motivated people is mandatory to achieve better results in every field. It also applies to single short daily meetings. This is not just because motivation leads to better productivity but perhaps because it leads to a more human and respectful work environment, in peace with your job and your colleagues.
We are not going to create a better product or being a better team thanks to the stand-up meeting. Good products come from good teams and good teams are built everyday by regular communication, respectful, helping and knowing each other.
If you have the right people at the meeting, you can be effective whether the participants are five or hundreds, sitting down or standing up. Start building your daily meeting out of the meeting.