Agile teams try to avoid meetings as much as possible in favor of “ceremonies” with defined purposes within the sprint. The most common of these is the stand-up. Every morning, or at least every other morning, the team spends only 10-15 minutes total describing their goals for the day, any barriers or challenges that have been holding them back, and how the team can most efficiently use the upcoming time. The time limit is rigid, otherwise the stand-up will turn into just another endless, unnecessary meeting. In fact, that’s why they’re called stand-ups: people are less likely to dawdle if they are standing during a meeting.
We’ve discussed the importance of systematic communication in remote work in a previous blog post, but it bears repeating in this context. Morning stand-ups are also a significant way for management to gain visibility into the team’s production and eliminate some fears executives still hold about lost productivity when working remotely.
Remember, this isn’t social time. Get in, get everyone on the same page, and get out. If everyone must physically stand during the video call to get this done, so be it.
Have a nice (virtual) happy hour once you finish the sprint.