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Why Stand-Up Meetings Matter

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Why Stand-Up Meetings Matter

According to a recent study by the Michigan State University, people who spend a lot of time sitting down are often plagued by slow cognitive function, long-term memory loss and generally poor mental health.

By contrast, the simple act of standing up has been shown to send blood and oxygen pumping throughout our bodies, activating a number of chemicals that not only enhance our brains but also improve our overall mood.

This, however, is merely the scientific case for an Agile practice that over time has proven itself indispensable to development teams across the world, including our own.

We are talking, of course, about stand-up meetings. Whether you know them as “scrums” or “huddles,” the daily stand-up is a powerful practice to increase team unity, coordinate efforts, and share problems and progress in a quick and effective manner.

How it works

Devised by renowned Software Architect James Coplien in 1993, the daily stand-up consists of a strictly time-limited meeting — no more than 15 minutes — during which team members take turns to answer three very simple questions: What did I accomplish yesterday, what will I do today, and what obstacles are impeding my progress?

Generally speaking, anyone directly involved in a project is required to attend the daily stand-up, and co