Standup Poker: How We Hacked Our Daily Stand-up & Our Teams Mindset !

One the most significant ceremony of any Agile Team is Daily Standup where the team members get together and plan for their day. But quite often the daily standup turns into a zombie status update meeting where team members come together to blurt out their updates and walk away to their desk without ever maximizing the benefit of that meet up.

In this session I will share a case study of how we created a simple experiment that turned into Standup Poker and revolutionized our Daily Standup. This technique helped us uncover true insights of teams progress and got the team talking about strategic planning and plan to remove any impediments as a "team" on daily basis to accomplish their sprint goal and commitments.

We learnt that when team members started using this technique, hidden impediments and dependencies started to emerge and team members organically started to re-plan and prioritize their work to accomplish the Sprint Goal. Product Owner also found great value in this technique as this helped them see the teams true progress and engage with the team to re-prioritize user stories and even take a story out of the sprint if required. Scrum Masters started to observe a trend in the confidence level over the span of the sprint and brought that information to Sprint Retrospective to discuss and brainstorm ways to improve and keep the confidence levels high throughout the sprint. The discussions and observations due to Standup poker resulted in teams committing better and more confidently during Sprint Planning and got into the rhythm of always accomplishing their sprint goal, but more importantly they started improving everyday and got into "continuous improvement" mode.

The content, exercise and message of this session highlight the agile principles of individuals and interactions over process and tools and fostering the mindset of continuous improvement.

In this session we will share examples, stories and experiences from trying the Standup Poker and how this simple technique converted a bunch of individuals into a TEAM !!!

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Introduction (2mins)

Sample Stand-Up with volunteers in Audience (10mins) (Interactive)

Inspiration behind the Experiment (3mins)

Standup POKER !!! (5 mins)

Audience try the Standup Poker Technique (10mins)  (Interactive)

Audience share their "Aha" Moments (5mins) (Interactive)

Look for Pattern (5 Mins)

Questions & Answers (5mins)

Learning Outcome

Attendees will learn:

  1. Learn a new technique on how to make their standup more effective by making it a more strategic and planning meet-up rather than status update.
  2. Scrum Masters will learn how to make their teams more self-organize and take ownership and accountability of Sprint Goals & Commitments
  3. Scrum Masters will also learn to how to extract hidden impediments that could be holding their team back
  4. Team members will learn how to commit and plan as a "Team"
  5. Product Owners will learn how to engage and guide the team on daily basis to accomplish the sprint goal to deliver maximum value.

Target Audience

Team Members, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Engineers, Executives, Leaders

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  • Niranjan N V
    By Niranjan N V  ~  8 months ago
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    Hi Kalpesh,

    The topic is interesting. I also have similar comments from Anand ad Tathagat on the duration. I personally felt that this topic can be presented with 20 mins, with learnings to the participants. 

    Regards

    Niranjan

  • Anand Murthy Raj
    By Anand Murthy Raj  ~  8 months ago
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    Hi Kaplesh,

    Looks like you will be sharing some secret sauce to make stand-ups effective. I second Tataghat's point to see if the time slot will be enough as you will have a lot of folks in the room for this session (including myself).

    Do you intend to engage everyone or a fraction of the crowd?

    I think you must distribute a handout as this will be very helpful and I see this has been successfully demoed at multiple places? Any thoughts around this ?

    Regards,

    Anand

    • Kalpesh Shah
      By Kalpesh Shah  ~  8 months ago
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      Hi Tathagat / Anand,

      Thanks for your thoughts. Here is my take on your questions:

      Time Limit: This session has over 25mins of interactive components where entire audience in involved. It starts with introducing the idea, having the audience practice the technique and then have them reflect on what they learned. I have presented this session at 8 major conferences and found that 45mins - 1hr was right amount of time for audience to learn and absorb this technique. In this session I will be involving entire audience and have made it very interactive, for Global Scrum Gathering Orlando I had over 250 attendees that participated and interacted (please see their feedback in the submission above) and found great value in this technique.

      Feedback & Data: This technique has been used almost more than 300+ scrum teams and the feedback has been tremendously positive. I have received positive feedback on engagement level of team members & PO's, more/better focus on sprint goal rather than just finishing the user stories, better commitment as a "team" rather than "I" will finish my work by end of sprint and "re-planning" if necessary based on team members confidence level. I know of teams that have started tracking their daily confidence vote and then reflected on it to see if there was a pattern and then adjusting/optimizing based on that during retrospective ( i can bring screen shots of this information, where a team has been tracking their confidence over period of 4~6 sprints)

      Let me know if this addresses your concern.

      Thanks,

      Kalpesh

      • Anand Murthy Raj
        By Anand Murthy Raj  ~  8 months ago
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        Thanks Kalpesh.. If you can share some real time data on the benefits.. the crowd will adopt it immediately ... in the conference room..

        • Kalpesh Shah
          By Kalpesh Shah  ~  8 months ago
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          Hi Anand,

          Sure, I can definitely bring data from the teams that applied this technique and reaped benefits.

          Thanks,

          Kalpesh 

  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  8 months ago
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    Sounds like an interesting experiment. I would love to see any kind of feedback or data that helps the participants learn how did the experiment go in terms of addressing the original questions you raised. Also, 45 minutes sounds like a lot...I am not sure what other reviewers think but I was wondering if 20 min might be the right amount of time for sharing your experiences. 


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