How to Flock Effectively and Make Daily Standups Work

Do you ever feel like everyone’s flying solo? One team member announces she’s launching into Project C while everyone else is still fine-tuning Project A. No one really knows what John is up to and Pete is still finalizing the reports you were anticipating three weeks ago. If you spend more time tracking down what… »

How to Use Slack Integrations to Replace Mindless Meetings

Businesses everywhere are working toward eliminating “unproductivity tools” and outdated methods of communication. Endless email chains and mindless meetings are out. All-in-one apps are in. For many growing companies and remote teams, that means two-year-old Slack is playing a major role in day-to-day communications and collaborations. This group chat app has become essential to many… »

Are Online Daily Standups Right for Your Team?

I once worked at a company that desperately wanted to be on the cutting edge of creative culture. The strategy for getting everyone on board involved a regular cadence of mandatory meetings. There were meetings to see who could come up with the next “big idea,” lunch meetings to swap “in-the-field” stories and “super fun… »

How to Get Your Leadership Team on Track with Standups

When I first started leading the team at Formstack, there was no question as to where we’d all be working: In the office. Every weekday. All day. Then one week we decided to crack the door of our completely office-based environment and peer into the hallways of remote work. If someone had told me then… »

Making Daily Standups SMART

My standup meetings were terrible. The format was generally the same — we’d go around the room, with each person telling me what they were working on. Bodie* would rattle off about a dozen things each time, no task too small to describe in detail. Wallace would find creative ways to mention the same task… »