daily stand-up meeting

Contributor(s): Yvette Francino

A daily stand-up meeting is a short organizational meeting that is held each day. The meeting, generally limited to between five and fifteen minutes long, is sometimes referred to as a stand-up, a morning roll-call or a daily scrum. 

The purpose of the meeting is for each team member to answer the following three questions:

1) What did you do yesterday?

2) What will you do today?

3) Are there any impediments in your way?

Standing, rather than sitting, reinforces the idea that the meeting is intended to be short and discourages wasted time. The stand-up is not meant to be a place to solve problems, but rather to make the team aware of current status. If discussion is needed, a longer meeting with appropriate parties can be arranged.

See also: pigs and chickens, Agile Manifesto, planning poker, timebox, story, planning board, fist to five (fist of five)


This was last updated in November 2011

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Do you really need to stand up? And would a weekly stand up meeting be just as effective?
Daily stand-ups have been used in a wide variety of project settings, including construction, for decades. This is nothing new, and to imply this originated with Agile methodology is presumptious.
This is an old hat. We used to do this in Japanese enterprises from the early 80s.
Very old practice. You can find this discussed and many other techniques for improving meetings if you can find a handout on "How To Have Better Meetings" from COMMON session from over 30 years ago.
DeputyCTO, you are absolutely correct. I have updated the definition.
I used to do some kind of stand-ups with my team, daily. And I discovered one day in SCRUM class that it has official name and is 'practice' :-).
Scrum has adopted so many useful project management concepts and given them interesting names -- one of my favorites is pigs and chickens.