In this video, Angela reviews the objectives of a daily standup meeting. She covers the three appropriate guidelines to follow to ensure the meeting is beneficial. Additionally, learn about the team leader’s and the product owner’s roles in the daily stan
- The Daily Standup is a quick, 15 minute, time box meeting, for the team to gather, and make sure their work is progressing. There's a lot of flexibility in the standup ceremony, and also a few simple guidelines. The first guideline, is that the product owner and the entire team, needs to be there. Second, it happens everyday, usually at the same time, and only lasts 15 minutes. And third, each person discusses what they have done since the last daily standup to help the team get to the sprint goal, what they will do today, and are there any barriers compromising their progress.
Since agile teams are small, and the team leader is facilitating, the 15 minute time box is feasible. As a product owner, you're listening for the team's alignment to value, and are there to understand where you can help remove barriers, or add clarifications towards the sprint goal. If the team is struggling to keep it to 15 minutes, consider a few things: First, the meeting is for identifying barriers and progress issues, it's not meant to resolve them.
The appropriate team member should meet later to work through their concerns. Second, in order to keep the standup meeting concise, team members should use language that the entire team can understand, since user stories are written in a non-technical language, they're a great place to anchor the dialog. Third, for each barrier mentioned, the team needs to identify who will take action immediately after the daily standup.
And lastly, the standup is not a status meeting directed by the team lead, it's a time for collaboration when the team directs itself, through understanding what has been done, what will happen today, and what the barriers are. The team leader's role is to coach the process. The product owner's role, is to be present to make decisions and be engaged with the team and clarify the product value. If the product owner is absent from the daily standup it can slow the team's progress.
As a product owner, make it your priority to show your support for the team, and what they're building each day.
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- Rallying your team around the product vision
- Creating an agile product roadmap
- Creating a release plan focused on value
- Breaking down features
- Setting up, creating, and analyzing user story maps
- Collaborating on the big picture
- Leveraging user stories
- Prioritizing the product backlog
- Working with your team
- Defining what "ready" and "done" mean
- Avoiding technical debt
- Guiding your team through estimating exercises
- Making sprint planning and standup meetings beneficial