Daily stand ups are an integral part of every high-performing team. They get everyone on the same page, help remove roadblocks and build trust. If you are looking at the best ways to run daily standup meetings; using a good report template is the first step. A good daily standup meeting template should:
- Highlight blockers - Your template should make it easy for team members to input their blockers. And ask for help if they need from other team members.
- Not be a meeting, unless needed - Everyone should send their updates in advance! Use the standup meeting only for important talking points. Even if you are doing the meeting for only 10 minutes, in a team of 5 people, that is collectively an hour wasted. Still not convinced? Read about the 'importance' of standup meetings here.
- Should have a central owner - That is usually the team leader or scrum master. Otherwise people who need help, or issues that need to be looked into will go unnoticed.
- Asynchronous - I have said this before, but lemme stress a bit more! You MUST adopt this way to work remotely successfully. Doing such meetings in an async way (vs calling a Zoom meeting) will help you save a lot of time.
Some of the usual topics that are included in the template are:
What did you work on yesterday?
People should ideally report this using simple and easy to understand bullet points. In case those tasks resulted in achievements or failures, that should be reported. Even best is to include metrics in your update too. A great status update for a daily standup meeting template looks like this:
I shipped a new load-balancer feature in the evening that made our app performance better. The app now loads 9% faster than before!
What are your plans for today?
Similarly to the one above, you should use this one to very concisely describe what tasks you are picking up today. Be both goal oriented and input driven e.g.
I want to write two popular topic blog articles, which should start giving us minimum 100 new visitors a day next quarter
Do you need any help? Any blockers?
In many ways, this is the most important question of a daily standup template, and deservedly so. If you are the owner of the meeting, or the team leader, you should keep a sharp eye on this column. This is how people report the areas where they need help from others! Not resolving these issues not only leads to stuck projects, but also low morale.
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