University of Oulu

Paradox of the daily stand-up meetings in agile software development context

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Author: Andersson, Miikka1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Information Processing Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
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Pages: 25
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : M. Andersson, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-06-21
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis
Tutor: Arhippainen, Leena


Agile software development has become the norm in the industry, and daily stand-up meeting is the most adopted Agile practice despite the used Agile methodology. Since mid-2000s, the daily stand-up practice has been reported by academics to deliver various kinds of benefits. However, in recent years, numerous studies have emerged, claiming the attitudes of practitioners towards the daily stand-up meeting being quite a bit on the negative side — many practitioners even feeling the practice is just a waste of time.

This thesis is a literature review of existing studies on Agile software development teams, teams’ daily stand-up meeting practices, and perceptions towards the daily stand-up meeting. The objective of this thesis is to dive into rationale behind those negative attitudes towards the daily stand-up meeting. By understanding how teams conduct their daily stand-up meetings, and how practitioners perceive both positive and negative aspects of the daily meeting practice, this thesis seeks to understand what makes the practice so popular and disliked at the same time.

Daily stand-up meeting is one of the easiest Agile practices to take in use. Therefore, it is often also one of the first Agile practices that teams start using when switching to an Agile methodology. Benefits of the daily stand-up meeting are notable and comes in various shapes and sizes. However, the original idea and purpose of the daily stand-up meeting is not well known among practitioners. Way too often, practitioners drift from inspection and adaptation towards status reporting, which is the most common daily stand-up meeting anti-pattern. Due to not fully grasping the original purpose of the daily stand-up meeting, practitioners start to experience negative attitudes towards the practice. Those negative attitudes towards the meeting impose undesired impact on meeting activities, which in turn further amplifies those negative attitudes.

Customizing the daily stand-up meeting to suit team’s requirements is encouraged. Whatever works for the team can be done if the original purpose of the daily stand-up meeting is not forgotten. Teams need to be highly cautious not to turn daily stand-up meetings into status reporting meetings as that is a sure way to cause negative attitudes among participants.

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