If you’re spending time at your stand-ups talking about activities you are working on, you may be wasting time. One team used to say things like:
“Yesterday I worked on the new Java class for our product and today I will be doing the same. No impediments.”
When you hear a similar song from others and it has been going on for a few days you know something is not right.
We changed the language and it made a difference. We stopped asking what we were doing, and focused on what we accomplished.
“Yesterday I coded the methods for the new Java class and completed half the unit tests we defined. Today I am completing the unit testing and connecting with Emily to prepare for system and acceptance testing.”
The difference is subtle but for some teams, like this one, the impact is big. Accomplishment is about outcomes. Working is about activity. Accomplishment is better.