Stand-Up Meeting

What Does Stand-Up Meeting Mean?

A stand-up meeting is a team meeting organized on a daily basis to present a status update to all a development team’s members. This semi-real-time status update raises possible issues and synchronizes efforts to eliminate challenging and time-consuming problems. Stand-up meetings are most common in an Agile development process like scrum, but it can also be extended to any methodology in development.


The term "stand-up" comes from the practice of standing instead of sitting, simply because the discomfort of standing up for a long period keeps the meetings really short.

A stand-up meeting is also known as a stand-up, daily stand-up meeting, daily scrum, scrum meeting and morning roll call.

Techopedia Explains Stand-Up Meeting

Stand-up meetings often finish within 15 minutes, and attendees stick to core points and avoid engaging in full-fledged discussions. The standing posture also keeps every attendee engaged and focused. Generally, the meeting is held at the same place and time at the beginning of each working day. Each team member is encouraged or invited to attend the meeting; however, the meetings will not be postponed even if there are some absentees. The key goal of stand-up meetings is to identify challenges before they develop into serious issues, and encourage follow-up discussion to help resolve them.

In a stand-up meeting, each team member gets a chance to answer three unspoken questions:

  • What was completed after the previous day’s stand-up meeting?
  • What are the objectives for the present day?
  • What challenges must be addressed?

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