Keep the team communicating without wasting time
Stand up meetings facilitate team communication without taking a lot of time.
Meetings can take huge amount of time that could be used to get work done. However, if you skip team meetings, people can get out of touch, waste time because they don't understand what everyone else is doing, and lose motivation to get work done. How can you increase communication without wasting time?
You can hold daily stands in which fosters communication without taking a lot of time. Stands also help you think through what you should be doing to meet your goals (sprint goals).
In a stand, the entire group literally stands up and describes what they did, what they are going to do, and who they need to meet with later.
Stands are quick meetings in which project members answer questions regarding their project progress. The goal of stands is to
It's really easy to run a stand. The idea is that it should be quick! Timebox the stand to last no-more than 15 minutes. If the stand raises important issues that will require more time to resolve, plan a separate meetings to solve those issues (and loop in relevant people who can help, such as a coach, professor, and studio lead).
To run a stand:
A) The facilitator asks everyone to stand up (making people stand up ensures that people keep the meeting short because they will get tired standing up). Nominate a secretary to record the answers on the Loft Activity Stream (the secretary gets to sit as it is hard to type standing). Also nominate someone to write down the goals on your project Workbench (to-do list) on your Loft Project Page.
B) Review your current goals by stating:
C) Each person then describes:
Question 5 is about working out how to get over the obstacles that all design teams face. Sometimes you won't need to write anything here. However, always saying you don't need help is a bad sign. One of the the factors that separates the best design teams from the rest is that they are able to know that they need help, and what resources to draw upon from others in their studio (coaches, peers, studios leads, or professors).
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