Standup meetings were once a uniquely agile team practice and then became a widely-adopted business-success practice because of their simplicity and efficiency. Teams across industries and throughout the world now use some form of a stand-up meeting to stay apprised of their team’s work progress, bottlenecks, and work activities using the 3-question format of the daily stand up.
What are Async Stand-up Meetings?
Async stand-ups are a natural evolution of this meeting to accommodate distributed, remote, and hybrid teams. For co-located and distributed teams alike, the asynchronous stand up format has now become the preferred format of daily check-ins where team members provide their stand-up entries at a time and pace convenient to them.
Why Does Your Team Need Async Stand-ups?
1. Take a step towards async work
The async standup is a step towards adopting async work. Asynchronous work does not require two or more teammates to actively or synchronously participate in real-time to complete a task. In practice, this might look like teams where developers attend only the meetings where their presence and input is necessary or critical and all other communications or updates happen via Slack or communication tools, allowing developers to respond to communication requests when they are not involved in focus work.
This allows teams to do is take control of their time and manage their schedules to allocate uninterrupted focus time, a.k.a., makers’ time that can enhance their performance, productivity, and well-being.
2. Discuss what’s important
Async stand-ups also allow managers and leaders to fully assimilate the blockers or bottlenecks that their teams face. Using historical stand-up update notes and with enough time to find solutions to blockers, teams can spend more time discussing effective solutions to blockers rather than discussing what activities each team member was involved in.
3. Be mindful of people’s time zones
Given that dev teams usually span more than one time zone, sometimes spanning across several time zones, the async stand-up is a considerate communication format that respects team members’ availability and time of day.
Async Stand-Ups with Hatica Check-Ins
The use of modern tools hugely benefits Async standups. At Hatica, we built our check-in feature to not just gather daily stand-up reports but to function as an entire framework of async operations that provides visibility and insights into daily activities, team members’ mood and pulse, developers’ satisfaction, and more. With powerful and automated dashboards and reports, async stand-ups with Hatica have the potential to transform how your team checks-in.
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1. Standups as micro check-ins
Use Hatica to check-in regarding the status of tasks for your team members.
We’ve used the well-tested and popular 3-question format as default check-in, where the tool asks team members to fill in details about what they did yesterday, what they plan on doing today, and what blockers they’re facing.