Thursday, November 22, 2007

Laser pointer token

It is sometimes challenging in standups to associate the card to which the speaker is referring to the conversation - particularly for infrequent guests. A low tech solution that I recently implemented for my teams is to use a laser pointer as the token that gets passed around. As the speaker is referring to cards on the wall he/she is expected to point, using the laser, to the cards(s) in question.

An ancillary benefit to this approach is that it can be an early warning sign for scope creep when a team member has no card to reference. It can also be a warning that cards are languishing in the "in-play" section - if nobody is referring to those cards, they may not be getting the attention you desire.

They're pretty cheap too.... you can get a laser pointer for as little as $10.


Susan Davis said...

We use a USB voice recorder, which has the added benefit of letting us post the recording of the meeting to our wiki.

Adrian said...

Curious - why do you need to record it? Are there distributed folks who are halfway around the world and sleeping during standup? Or is this for folks who can't make the standup because of conflicts? Or is it for the chickens? How often do people listen to your recording? I would be concerned that some folks might consider the availability of a recording an excuse to sleep in and miss the meeting entirely.