Daily Standups: A Real-Life Example


Standups are so blended into our daily work and processes that it's easy to underestimate the value they bring to software development teams. This is true until you experience the pain of not having them.

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May 7th, 2024
2 min read

I've seen firsthand the power of daily standups. In fact, it completely transformed a team I’m currently working on. We were a newly formed group, a mix of talented individuals with diverse backgrounds. But that initial excitement quickly faded.

There was a feeling of isolation. People were heads-down, unsure of what their team members were working on. Frustration mounted and morale dropped. It felt like we were all running our own individual races instead of working towards a shared finish line.

Something had to change. We needed a way to bridge the communication gap, to foster a sense of teamwork, and to keep everyone aligned. That's when we decided to implement daily standups.

At first, it felt awkward. We were still getting to know each other, and the idea of a quick, daily meeting seemed unnecessary. But within a week, the shift was remarkable.

  • Transparency Became the Norm: Sharing daily progress made everyone feel more invested in the project's success. We weren't just completing tasks; we were contributing to a bigger picture.
  • Collaboration Spiked: Hearing about each other's work sparked ideas. We identified opportunities to collaborate, offer support, and avoid duplicating efforts.
  • Focus Sharpened: The 15-minute standup forced everyone to prioritize tasks and identify potential roadblocks early on. This kept the project on track and prevented last-minute scrambles.
  • Morale Raised: The daily check-ins fostered a sense of camaraderie. We weren't just colleagues anymore; we were a team working towards a common goal.

The daily standup became the cornerstone of our workflow. It isn’t just a meeting; it is a quick huddle to keep everyone on the same page, motivated, and focused on achieving success together.

This is just one example, but it highlights the potential of daily standups. Do not underestimate daily standups.

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By Jonatan Juarez