Because of my work on the “Who is agile” book I did not publish new ATQ in a few weeks.
A lot of people struggle with a standup. As with a lot of things, it’s simple but not easy.
For this ATQ, Simon Baker helped me out with the questions.

1. What are the goals of the daily stand-up?
a) Share status information.
b) Report progress to the manager.
c) Identify impediments.
d) Set direction and synchronize the day’s activities.
e) Remove impediments.
f) Assign work to people.

2. What do people talk about at the daily stand-up?
a) Impediments that are causing delays.
b) Percentage complete on work in progress.
c) What will be attempted today.
d) Solutions to problems.
e) Ask questions to clarify understanding.
f) What was accomplished yesterday.

3. Why do people standup at the daily standup?
a) Stimulate a higher level of attentiveness.
b) More people can huddle.
c) Helps keep the standup short.
d) It’s easier for people to queue up to speak.
e) Avoid deep vein thrombosis.
f) It’s more sociable.

4. What are the signs of a good daily stand-up?
a) Everybody gets to speak.
b) It happens at the same time every day, where the work happens.
c) It manages itself.
d) Afterwards, people feel energized and are clear about what they’re doing.
e) Stakeholders come to observe.
f) It takes less than 15 minutes.

7 Responses to “Agile Thursday Quiz: Questions about Daily Standups…”

  1. OK. I’ll have a go. How about: cd|ce|ca|abd

    The one I’m not sure about is 4. c might technically be wrong as it’s not the meeting that can ever manage itself. Although usually you want people to look after the meeting without an external influence. e is irrelevant IMO, though the aim of the meeting is not for the stakeholder’s benefit they may benefit from the sense of progress and understanding of what work needs to be done, if they see it as a progress report – wrong. f – is just an arbitrary limit, mostly sensible perhaps but is it essential?

  2. PM Hut says:

    Hi Yves,

    I love this small quiz!

    Some of the answers are tricky, even if someone is an Agile PM.

  3. yhanoulle says:


    Thank you PM Hut.

    I agree. These small quizes are hard. That is the idea. I hope people will use this to discuss with their teams.
    I know already now some CST’s are using some of this quiz.
    I do hope some of them send me an extra quiz in return.

    The fact that little agile experts are answering the questions, also proves they are hard.



  4. yhanoulle says:

    hi Marcin,

    Thank you for answering.

    I will publish Simon’s answer on Monday. Then we can start discussing 😉


  5. Lisa Crispin says:

    1) a,c
    2) a,c,f
    3) c
    4) all

  6. Irene says:

    yeah – ATQ is back 🙂

    1) a, c, d
    2) a, c, f
    we allow d if it’s short and e if it’s necessary for the team to understand a task
    3) c (I guess “a” is a useful side effect)
    4) all