How do you run a good stand up?

4 years ago from , UX @ Neighbor + uxtools.co

I recently moved into a new position where I am running stand ups with my team in the morning. Usually, it simply involves anything important from the previous day, and a general outline of what they designers will be working on during the day.

What have you found to be effective in your stand ups?


  • Matt WalkerMatt Walker, 4 years ago

    Short and sweet. Anyone need help? Any deployments? Any announcements? Any interesting things going on? That's it.

    I dislike stand ups where everyone gives a running list of what they've done. Aint nobody got time for that.

    10 points
    • Marvin Hagemeister, 4 years ago

      This! On the current project I'm working on the project manager does stand ups where alle participants (about 12) have to give a quick run down of everything they have done the day before, what they plan to do today and announce possible road blocks. After 3 people nobody listens anymore. Not everybody needs to know everything about each other.

      Like Matt already said: keep it short!

      3 points
    • Tobin HarrisTobin Harris, 4 years ago


      I'd add that it's soooo easy to get side tracked and waffle. If this sounds like your team, find someone militant to chair the standup until the team are coached into keeping it short and focused :) Standups stop happening when people get bored.

      0 points
  • Tony GinesTony Gines, 4 years ago

    Keep conversations and feedback to a minimum. Any time someone starts asking for feedback or giving it, politely say "That's a good candidate for a breakout meeting afterwards". Or, if someone wants to discuss a feature or design further, they should say "We can break out after standups". This keeps everyone involved so that you don't have anyone checking out mentally and looking at emails during standup.

    1 point
    • Marcel van Werkhoven, 4 years ago

      Change the speaking order daily. Focus on the two most important questions: "How is your work coming along?" and "Do you need help from us with anything?".

      Also what Tony said. Which comes down to don't be me (I do both the phone checking and the long conversation (usually with my boss) occasionally)

      2 points
    • Taylor Palmer, 4 years ago

      We get the email/phone checking a lot. Good points.

      0 points
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, 4 years ago

    I've come to like asynchronous standups which beget the need for a meeting.

    Jason Fried/DHH Talk about it a bit. https://m.signalvnoise.com/status-meetings-are-the-scourge-39f49267ca90#.443t7wbqk

    There are also slack bots to help execute them. https://standupbot.com/

    TL;DR Use asynchronous standups in place of morning meetings. Have everyone write their "daily" the night before in a place that can be read by all team members. Allows people to read/work at their own pace vs forcing everyone to a morning meeting that may not be conducive to their time (or the overall projects).

    0 points
  • Bryant ChouBryant Chou, 4 years ago

    Don't. Status updates and "general" updates are mostly useless. Look into a more results oriented approach, like on/off track: https://www.fictiv.com/blog/posts/using-the-on-track-off-track-framework-to-drive-results

    0 points
  • Jason CosperJason Cosper, 4 years ago

    One of the more effective stand ups I've ever participated in had some pretty basic limitations:

    • You're only allowed to talk about your top 3 priorities.
    • One sentence per priority.

    People stretched the rules occasionally — like if something was on fire the day before — but the forced brevity usually kept an 8 person stand up (plus managerial status update) under 3 minutes every morning.

    0 points