How to evaluate a good standup bot
It's a good thing that tools are constantly getting better, but that also leads to a lot of confusions on choosing the best ones. Here are some important factors according to us when it comes to choosing the right standup tool for your Slack workspace:
Every team, and in fact every project, has their own unique requirements when it comes to standup meetings. Some teams prefer short templates with just one question like "What are your plans today?" where as others prefer a longer report. Whatever your use case might be, remember to choose a standup tool that allows these customisations.
Another thing that you might want to change are the timings of the standup reminders, and the name of your team's Slack channel!
Not too spammy
Some standup tools end up bombarding the team members when the time comes. They will send messages on the team channel, private DMs and even emails! This is an absolute no-no and should be avoided
Allow for markdown editing & Slack emojis
The best Slack standup tools not only give you familiar editing shortcuts like `code_block` and *bold* but also support emojis out of the box. After all, there is no fun without emojis, right!
Creation of reports
This is important especially if you have a large team. Every team leader and scrum master needs a simple to read overview of the standup meeting!
Easy installation and use
This one is obvious! You don't want to waste hours setting up the tool, or have a steep learning curve. A good standup tool works in the background without being a burden on you.
Chat based vs form based
Most tools take inputs from team members in a chat based format, like a bot. But that can sometimes be confusing because the bots do not understand plain english fully! A simple modal form can work wonders and in my opinion is a better user experience too.
If you are in a hurry, check out some of the most popular standup templates below to simply copy paste and use!
Daily standup question template
- What did you accomplish yesterday?
- What are you working on today?
- Any blockers?
This is also the default template for standups in Kaapi. You can even change it to an evening format within Kaapi if you want
- What did you accomplish today?
- What are your plans for tomorrow?
- Do you need any help from someone?
Weekly status report question template
- What are you most proud of accomplishing this week
- What are three important things you have planned for next week?
- Would you like to thank somebody for the special work they did this week?
Most managers and scrum masters use the weekly questions in Kaapi to help remote team members introspect on the week that went by.