A staple of the “startup industry” is the daily standup meeting. The idea is
simple and the theory is effective: let’s take time to make sure everyone is up
to speed on what everyone else is doing, and that management is in the know
about any potential problems. Typically these meetings follow a certain format:
- What got accomplished yesterday?
- What are you expecting to accomplish today?
- What problems are you (or your team) experiencing?
This is great information to share, because it keeps everyone well-informed and
provides a regular opportunity to share issues that management can fix or that
someone else on the team can provide a solution. Making this information share
part of the normal daily routine helps keep things moving.
Sounds great, right? Everybody should be doing this. Why do I say that you
should never have them, then?
Because it’s the information that’s great: the meetings are time-sinks.