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Stand-up meetings are part of a fast-moving tech culture

Stand-up meetings are become popular by encouraging brevity and discouraging smart phone distractions.

Rachel Emma Silverman at the Wall Street Journal notes stand-up meetings are become popular by encouraging brevity and discouraging smart phone distractions:

The current wave of stand-up meeting is being fueled by the growing use of “Agile,” an approach to software development, crystallized in a manifesto published by 17 software professionals in 2001. The method calls for compressing development projects into short pieces. It also involves daily stand-up meetings where participants are supposed to quickly update their peers with three things: What they have done since yesterday’s meeting; what they are doing today; and any obstacles that stand in the way of getting work done.

Silverman reports one development group at Microsoft uses a rubber chicken named Ralph tossed to the employee who gets to speak next. Read more at No More Angling for the Best Seat; More Meetings Are Stand-Up Jobs by Rachel Emma Silverman, and share your methods for quick, efficient meetings in the comments section.

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