Daily stand-ups too long

Quick Question: Our daily stand-ups take too long, what can we do?



  • Call them “Daily Stand-on-one-leg Meetings” and see if that helps
  • Put an alarm clock in the middle, which rings after 8 minutes
  • Rotate time-keeper assignment, no discussion goes over 2 minutes
  • Only open topics, don’t try to close them. Have the “person who cares” become the note-take for who should get together afterwards to close the topic

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2 Replies to “Daily stand-ups too long”

  1. – Cue “Academy” Music at 60 seconds, force people to prioritize their updates
    – Limit discussion to any assistance you need; assume yesterday is no longer relevant for delivery
    – Write stand-up updates on a standard sized sticky note; works for stories, right?!
    – Conduct updates by story, not person – reduce repeated conversations, close out story update and move on.

  2. Here is what has worked for me… (please forgive me if I overstate the obvious)
    1) As a precondition to the standup, the agile board (physical or electronic) must be up to date.
    2) During standup, gather in front of the board so that the board can be the focal point for updates (i.e. team members can point to it)
    3) Reinforce that the updates are to the team at large, not just to the scrummaster.
    4) Stick strictly to the 3 questions… What did you complete since the last meeting? What are you going to do until the next meeting? Do you have any blockers or impediments?
    5) Take note of any “Post Standup” topic and postpone those discussions until after the standup.
    6) When each team member has updated the team with their status, then announce that it is time for Post Standup Topics if there are any. All that are involved with the topics should stay. Anyone not involved may leave.

    Some team members complain about long standups because there is no clear demarcation between the standup and the conversation that happens afterwards. Announcing the end of the standup by calling for Post Standup Topics, helps the team see the end of the timebox of the standup and the beginning of the post standup activities. Once the time for the standup is reduced, the number of complaints usually reduces too.

    Best regards,


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