What’s a daily standup meeting?
Daily standups are an important daily ritual for every agile team—even virtual ones! They help you align on priorities, summarize project statuses, flag any risks or opportunities, and build trust on a daily basis.
What makes a great daily standup?
Here are some tips for running an engaging daily standup:
- Standup meetings should be short and focused: Keep them to 15 minutes or less. If a topic comes up that needs a deeper discussion, book a separate meeting.
- Reuse the same structure: Keeping the same daily ritual helps people prepare for the meeting. Using this Butter template is a great start!
- Every team member should be present: Don’t ditch the standup for other activities, even when you’re busy. Remove all other distractions
- They should be held at the same time every day: Treat that time slot as sacred so that you never double book yourselves.
- Appoint a moderator: Rather than having “the boss” lead the standup every day, rotate the responsibility across team members.
Benefits of a daily standup meeting
A daily standup meeting helps:
- Track project statuses
- Clarify team needs
- Identify roadblocks and dependencies
- Highlight risks
What’s included in this standup agenda template?
We’ve kept the template simple so that you can keep your daily standups to 15 minutes or less.
1. Welcome 🥳
Time: 3 minutes
Tools: Music Playlist, Flashcard Deck
Welcome everyone with music and a mood check-in flashcard.
2. Status Update 💪
Time: 10 minutes
Each team member will take turns sharing the answer to these three questions in under one minute each:
- What did you do yesterday?
- What work will you do today?
- What blockers stand in your way?
Start by nominating the first team member to share, and ask them to pass the "invisible talking stick" to the next colleague when they are done.
Tip: Alternatively, you can create an agenda block for each team member to keep each person on track.
3. Closing 🌟
Time: 2 minutes
Summarize the main goals for today and bid everyone goodbye.
About the creator
Anamaria Dorgo is the Head of Community at Butter. Her mission is to create a space where facilitators, workshoppers, trainers, design thinkers, and innovation and strategy consultants can team up, share best practices, tackle challenges collectively, and accelerate their careers together with like-minded people. 🙌