Although Agile looks chaotic in practice at first glance, good agile teams take heed to the rules agreed upon in a team.
Rules for the daily stand-up
Rules for the daily stand-up should cover the following:
Where will be the stand-up held?
What time does the stand-up start?
What is the duration of the stand-up?
Who will participate?
How will be the stand-up running?
How do we know who will speak and who will be a chicken?
How do I know when is my turn?
What about preparation for the stand-up?
In case I cannot participate, what do I do?
How do I know the stand-up is over?
Anything agreed upon should not be kept in one’s head or his emails. The rules will hurt anybody if they turn into a habit. The way of achieving it is by repetition. Print the rules and hang them up in the team’s room or in the place where the stand-up is held.
What kind of information do we need?
As mentioned previously we recommended three questions that should be included in each stand-up. Say it again – what did you do yesterday; what are your plans for today; and did you have any problems that should be discussed?
At times teams agree on other issues:
What do I need from other teams?
What other meetings need to be organized?
How much time do I need for completing the tasks?
Are there any new troublesome important reported bugs?
How to act in case of breaking the rules?
The daily stand-up starts falling apart at the moment when the above-listed agreements are compromised. The most common mistakes are lying in punctuality.
Experientially, Scrum Masters often complain about the people that are permanently late. The teams, I have worked with, had an agreement paying one euro by those that are late for the daily stand-up; in the case of absence, without any notice, the individual was penalized by an amount of two euros. Some teams adopted a physical penalty in form of small body exercises.
And some teams play it funny; watch the video:
Such small failures in keeping to simple rules do show teamwork and intra-team accountability. But it always ends happily. Either the team will follow all of the agreed rules or it will be divided into smaller groups that conduct better communication.
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