The Daily Standup Meeting is a core aspect of Agile development. The simplified idea is that you want to start the day with a very quick status check of what everyone’s working on, and helps “…to coordinate efforts to resolve difficult and/or time-consuming issues”.
But, how do you keep track of the things your minions are working on today and deal with your own tasks, and 400 daily interruptions? For me the answer was to put together the Daily Team Tracker Worksheet.
The idea is simple. Each morning, as you go through your Daily Standup write down what each person will be working on today. If they expect to complete the task today there’s a little checkbox to indicate that. There is, of course, another to indicate it’s done, a notes section, a place for emergent tasks, and more.
When 3pm comes around and I’m wondering, “What was Charles working on? Was he expecting to finish that today? Should I be checking in or leaving him alone?” I can check my sheet and see.
It’s also good to have prior days sheets because you can easily see that at task that was supposed to be done “today” has been on someone’s plate for three days now, enabling you say “Wait, weren’t you expecting to finish that two days ago? What’s gone awry? Is there anything I can do to help, or any lesson we can take from that?” (It’s all about the Kaizen baby). Some of that will, of course, be covered in your stand-up, but sometimes it’s good to have that reminder.
There are two versions of this:
- Daily Team Tracker PDF (for teams of over 3 people).
- Page 1 is a the 3 person view with section for notes and diagramming.
- Page 2 has sections for 5 more folks with a mini notes / diagram section
- Daily Team Tracker PDF 2 Sided (for teams of 3 or less)
- Page 1 and 2 are the same 3 person view so that you can print it on both sides of a piece of paper and save some trees.
- Daily Team Tracker OmniGraffle file If anyone out there has OmniGraffle and feels like tweaking the original.
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