The 5 W’s of Daily Stand-ups

by Patrick Delany


WHO: Delivery Team (must attend), Scrum Master (must attend), and Product Owner (should attend).

WHAT: A daily meeting that consists of team members standing up (to encourage participants to keep the meeting short. Daily Stand-ups are timeboxed for 15 minutes.

WHERE: The Daily Stand-up takes place at the same designated place each day.

WHEN: The same designated time and place, every day.

WHY: Daily Stand-ups are a commitment (planning) meeting for team members to sync up with each other. A Daily Stand-up should not be conducted as a method of reporting the team’s status to the Scrum Master, but as a way to share information among peers. Three Questions of Scrum must be addressed:
What have you accomplished since yesterday?
What do you plan to accomplish today?
What distractions or impediments are you facing?

There you have it! The who, what, where, when, and why of Daily Stand-ups. These short 15 meetings are imperative for increased productivity and efficiency.

Patrick Delany is a leader in lean-agile enterprise transformational and a Scaled Agile Coach/Trainer with over 20 years of information technology leadership and consulting experience. Patrick has transformed technology organizations, programs, and teams across multiple industries and technology disciplines including management services (operations, program, portfolio), applications development, and infrastructure.

Patrick Delany is a SAFe SPC 5 certified agile coach

Patrick Delany, MBA, SPC5, PMP, CSM, ITIL v3
Senior Lean-Agile Transformation Coach Consultant