If you’re applying Scrum in your project you are most likely aware of the three questions from the Scrum Guide that can be used to structure your Daily Standup:

  • What did I do yesterday that contributes to the sprint goal
  • What am I going to do today that contributes to the sprint goal
  • What is blocking me

I was never really convinced and didn’t see real evidence with the teams I worked with that they help to organize the work for the Day.

Before disconnecting your remote meeting allow a few minutes for team members to provide praise for others who helped them out or performed some action worthy of recognition

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy

“Hybrid Meetings” where most attendees are physically in a room and a few connecting remotely over video is pretty standard in my organization. This setup has a lot of disadvantages. In fact I can’t think of any advantage for the meeting structure and facilitation.

Do you have more meetings with your manager since you started working from home? Have you been told to communicate more? Is your manager suddenly more present on your team slack channel? Do you have to send status reports more regularly? If you answer one or more of these questions with yes, you seem to be dealing with a micromanager.

In this new “everybody-works-remotely” world it is easy to lose the connection to your colleagues you’ve seen every day in the office. Keeping these connections alive is more important than ever.

You are leading a remote video call and pose a question to all attendees. What follows is awkward silence…nobody says anything for a long painful moment.
While meeting facilitators need to be comfortable with silence in general, having these moments in a remote meeting is particularly painful. What goes through your head are questions like – ‘Did they understand the question?’ – ‘Did they hear me or was there a connection issue?’ – ‘Did they listen at all?’
Sound familiar? Here are a few tips on how to combat these moments or at least reduce them to a minimum.