Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Better Daily Planning Meetings: Asking the Right Questions

+Joe Vallone provides a very useful insight into the right emphasis for daily stand-ups. In his blog Better Daily Planning Meetings: Asking the Right Questions he suggests slightly modifying the well-known standard questions (what did you do yesterday? ... etc.) to:
  1. What did you get done yesterday?
  2. What will you get done today?
  3. What is preventing you from getting work done?
This moves the emphasis from the activities to goals and helps a team focus on finishing work rather than simply doing it.

There's a similar purpose behind the standard Kanban practice of "walking the wall" from right to left, finding where tickets are stationary and seeking to unblock them. Flow only happens when things get done!

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