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If you hit a slow period of work, consider whether you should put standups on hold and add other types of team-building activities into the mix. Consider Adrian that friend who gives you advice on getting ahead at work.Having thrived in startup and Fortune 500 corporate environments, he knows what it takes to get the job done and be indispensable to your team.You’re able to see the milestones coming before they arrive, and you can make plans to adjust priorities or workloads accordingly.Since we’ve been holding standups, we’ve also been using project management systems like Basecamp and JIRA.Sure, you’re keeping the routine, but you’re not getting any stronger. If your team’s workload is light, the standup can become an annoyance, causing team members to lose interest.
If you’re experimenting with standups, watch for team members who seem to not pay attention when others are speaking or give vague updates about what they’re working on. They just may not understand the context, goals, or responsibilities of what they’re working on.
This is a win-win because I get to learn something new as well as show interest in my co-workers (which goes a long way for individual and company morale).
Standups can also reveal challenges that should prompt action from teams and managers.
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It makes sense that small companies influenced by “Lean Startup” thinking (tl;dr: doing more with less) experiment with standups.