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  • 4 min read on wellbredgrapefruit.com with 7 comments by joshsmith over 4 years ago
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    Oh man, I should totally implement that. ;)

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    I once heard Urban Airship talk about their daily briefings policy. Everyone is required to stand and they have a 15 min cap. The cap was unnecessary as standing made everyone want to get out of there quickly anyway.

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    Actually this is a great point. In his latest book, Nathan Barry also talks about the benefits of standing, not for meetings, but for writing. By standing he tends to focus more on the task at hand and finish his writing more quickly.

    I wish daily stand-ups were always exactly that.

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    This was a practice in almost all places I've worked. The only problem, I believe, was the size of the group. Sometimes the team would group a bit and, even though it was brief, it also was incredibly hard to focus on what everyone was saying without getting distracted thinking about the previous problem (or what I'm going to say next...).
    I feel text is better for this, but I also enjoy that morning break :)

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    How large was the group?

    I led daily meetings during Army Basic Training that were conducted with a group of 50 soldiers, and most of them were barely 18 years old. We set up rules so these meetings could be conducted really smoothly.

    They were done in a modified format of what's called an AAR, or an after-action review. These happened every evening and we had to cover at least three improvements and three sustainments (things we should try to do again). The result was that we were very mindful of what had happened during the day and why it had happened, and what we could do to improve the next day. Only one person could talk at a time.

    These meetings had a huge positive impact on our performance in basic and I can't say enough about them. I actually think companies that are doing morning standups should move to late afternoon AARs.

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    I think you hit the spot :) mornings don't seem to work well for bigger groups. Maybe we should have a quick motivational morning meetings, closer to what football teams do before they start the game, and reviews later.
    To answer your question, once a week the group would be around 90 people. The rest of the days we were between 10 - 20 people.

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