Monday, February 19, 2007

Stand ups

It seems that people have a fear of justifying their work during standups rather than focusing on what can be done.
Last week I created a big visible chart (story wall) of actions, how and when columns and stuck it to the wall for everybody to look at. This helped people to become focused and they started signing up for tasks as oppose to a push system which managers assign tasks to programmers.
We also tried to prevent people from going into detail. Initially we were showing the red card as a signal but recently adopted yawing for indicating too much into detail sign. Yawing is very contagious - start yawning couple of times when a meeting gets boring, you’ll be amazed as to how many people will get infected and start to yawn.

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