Better Stand Ups in 5 Steps

Time is money. That’s why stand-up meetings can be a great way to keep your team focused and energized. Here are some tips to make your stand-up meetings more effective:

1. Energize the team

Start the meeting with a burst of energy. Get everyone excited about the work they’re doing and the progress they’re making. This will set the tone for the rest of the meeting.

2. End on a High Note

Don’t just start the meeting, end it too. Use this opportunity to motivate your team before they get back to work. Share a joke, a quote, or your own signature sign-off to leave everyone feeling energized.

3. Keep it Short

Stand-up meetings should be short and sweet. No one wants to stand for hours on end. If you’re having trouble keeping it under 15 minutes, try scheduling it right before another meeting. This will force you to be brief.

4. Stick to the Questions

Make sure everyone addresses the same questions during the meeting. What have you accomplished? What are your in-progress tasks? What obstacles are you facing? This will keep the meeting focused on individual tasks and how they relate to the larger group strategy.

5. Maintain Consistency

Consistency is key to efficiency. Start the meeting at the same time every day and don’t wait for stragglers. Stick to the format that works best for your team. But remember, the goal of the meeting is to leave everyone feeling more alert and prepared to work. If the routine becomes boring or inefficient, it’s time to reevaluate.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your stand-up meetings are efficient, effective, and leave your team feeling motivated and prepared for the day ahead.

Author: Laura Lirette