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From Martin Fowler’s article about standup meetings (It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Stand-up Meetings). 

People not directly involved can disrupt the stand-up. This suggests that another forum would still be required for queries outside the scope of the stand-up.

Too many people in the meeting may cause disruption and/or cause people to be uncomfortable in sharing information. For very large stand-up groups, it is even more important to enforce Pigs and Chickens and Take it Offline in order to ensure all contributers can provide their input in a timely fashion.

Not all forms of reporting will be, nor should be, covered by the stand-up format. For example, overall project progress would be better communicated with a Big Visible Chart [Jeffries, 2004] such as burn-down, burn-up, cumulative flow diagram, etc.

Pig and Chickens

A chicken and a pig are together when the chicken says, "Let's start a restaurant!".
The pig thinks it over and says, "What would we call this restaurant?".
The chicken says, "Ham n' Eggs!".
The pig says, "No thanks, I'd be committed, but you'd only be involved!".

[Schwaber and Beedle, 2001]

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2006 11:29 AM | Back to top


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