The Daily SCRUM stand-up is an integral part of the Agile SCRUM Sprint.

On the surface it is hard to separate this meeting from a status meeting.  But nothing can be farther from the truth.  Agile is a new way of thinking, a new method.  A new way of getting more business value from the completion of a collections of tasks, by a group of individuals, in a period of time.

This meeting is the building block of the Agile methodology by introducing one of the most potent elements of Agile, tacit knowledge.

Tacit Knowledge

Knowledge that is difficult to transfer to another person by means of spoken or written word.

This 10-15 minute standing meeting moves to each team member (developers and testers) as they explain three things:

  • What they have worked on since the last stand-up
  • What they plan to accomplish by the next stand-up
  • Are there any impediments (sometimes called "stoppers", that have stopped them or will stop them from creating a working product)

The SCRUM Master, Product Owner, and Business Analyst attend the meeting.  While outside of capturing impediments and fielding questions (taken offline if more than 30 seconds are spent to answer) they are not officially part of the team.

Analyst also attend the meeting.  But outside of capturing impediments for the SCRUM Master or the Business Analyst fielding questions that take no more than 30 seconds to answer (else taken offline), they are not officially part of the SCRUM team.

The purpose for giving a status is not to prove to everyone that you have accomplished something. It's not about proving individual worth. The Agile methodology inhibits the ability to share the spoils of knowledge. By telling what one did, individual weakness can be fortified, and individual strengths can be utilized.

So, do I really have to stand?  No, but you should. So that wasn't influential enough of an answer?  You need to stand up because one of the pillars of the Agile Manifesto is individual interactions over process and tools.  Standing up helps the brain to think differently.  Since caveman time, sitting was for eating and sleeping, while standing was for thinking and looking.  Have you been one of the people who are now standing at their desks all day?  Try it for a half day and see if you can't sense a command presence, it's very different for sure.  Even if you are working remote you should try standing up while in a SCRUM daily stand-up.