Day 16: Stand Up Meetings

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

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How many 15 year olds do you think are familiar with project management methodologies like Waterfall, Agile, and SCRUM?

We took the robotics kids to a local technology startup company to learn from Maanav, the project manager. In the above picture the students are learning how a standup meeting works by role playing.

The young woman in the foreground is bored to death and not paying attention to the meeting. The young woman in the lower left has just received a phone call, also distracting her from the meeting. One member shared completely off topic events in their life while another vaguely reported stuff was rolling along ok. The Scrum Master (yellow shirt) is learning how to handle these distractions and bring everybody back on task.

One major point we learned that the meeting is that a standup meeting consists of three reporting elements from every member present: what you did yesterday, what you’re doing today, and any roadblocks standing in your way.

Short-term mentoring (Maanav worked with us on three separate days) is an excellent way that people crunched for time can help out FRC robotics teams.

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Learning about the tech during our project management workshop.

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