What Is a “Stand-up” and Why Do We Do It?

LINK: Guide to Agile Practices: Daily Meeting

standup-modell1I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to explain what a “stand-up” meeting is. I usually handle this question off-the-cuff, explaining that the meeting is daily, time-boxed (time-limited) to 15 minutes and usually includes each team member answering the Three Questions.

Today we had a high school senior job shadowing several of the IT folks and I was tasked with showing him the stand-up meeting used by many of our development teams. I wanted him to have a take-away from the meeting to help him remember the “what” and “why” of our stand-ups, so I turned to the Internet. I came across this fantastic definition of  the stand-up meeting (or “Daily Meeting” as they refer to it) from the Agile Alliance.

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Why Israelis Brag About Their Big Head (Rosh Godal)

LINK: Word of the day / Rosh gadol: What sort of head do you have?

In this article, Shoshana Kordova does a great job of explaining the Hebrew terms rosh gadol (“big head”) vs. rosh katan (“small head”). While telling someone that they have a big head may be career limiting in English speaking circles, telling them they are rosh gadol is paying them a high compliment. Rosh gadol describes the ability to see the big picture as opposed to focusing on the small tasks. Hit up the article for a helpful discussion of the difference in these two types of people and why organizations have (and need) both.

Years ago a great post on the Joel on Software blog discussed how developers would ideally be rosh gadol. In reality, your team will consist of both rosh gadol and rosh katan resources. As a project manager or technical lead, identifying which type of thinker each team member is can help you guide them towards tasks they’ll be more comfortable and efficient with. It might also help you manage your expectations when dealing with these two types of individuals.

Leaders Building Leaders Conference

Union College Division of Business hosted a great conference today called Leaders Building Leaders Conference during the college’s alumni weekend. I was fortunate to present an Agile form Managers topic during the conference. I’ve attached my slides here and will try to get some notes from other sessions I’ve attended posted here shortly.

Agile Intro – Managers slides.