Ep 37 – Start By Meeting Daily

March 24, 2020


Corona will have a permanent effect on how many of us work. But first, there is a lot to figure out, which is why we have decided to share what we have seen and learned over the years. 

[for the first episode in this series, click here]

Chances are good that you are currently worrying about how you will keep your team synchronised and productive while they work from home!

The knee-jerk response by many leaders is to try and translate old-style command and control thinking into the digital world.

This is definitely not the right way to go and I can promise you that things will quickly fall apart if you go down that route...

What you need to do instead, is to schedule and run a fixed daily meeting to check-in with each other, identify challenges and prioritise the work ahead.

In this Business Agility Daily episode I explain why this is so critical and also give a few pointers to get you started right away.

Did you notice the calm that set in after your first few meetings? Please share your experiences in the comments below!

Continue with the next episode: 

Ep 38 - Essential Software Tools for Remote Working

About the author

Business Agility Coach | Abundance Thinker | Helping Mid-Market Companies Evolve by Using the Kanban Methodology
- As trained Industrial Engineer with close on 25 years' experience as IT Professional and Business Executive in the mid-market IT industry, Mathias Tölken loves to share his experiences and expertise with others.

  • Good day to all,
    I was today asked an interesting question and I thought that I maybe need to expand on this publicly and share my answer:

    Question: “Initially Mathias recommended a daily not more than 15min meeting….then later he mentioned daily 1 hour meeting and slowly reduce it. I don’t quite understand the logic here, appreciate for your guidance please.”

    My Answer:
    That is a great question and I might not have been explicit enough in my video.

    We usually limit “normal” daily standup meetings (the ones that you do in the office or over the normal channels you do business with) to 15 minutes per day. This ensures that we really only talk about the flow of work and that we take solving of any problems to another meeting or do that via different channels with just the people who are required for that.

    For remote-work, I do still recommend to try and keep the work part as close to 15 min as possible, but add some personal chit-chat and make sure that team members are comfortable (that is why I said in the end we’ll probably have 20-30 min)

    But when only starting off with remote work there inevitably is some additional overhead for getting to grips with the new situation and allowing people to branch out a bit more during the meeting. There might even be some troubleshooting in the entire team as we need to all find our feet. And here I do suggest that you allow this the time it needs, which might increase the daily meeting time for the first week or three quite substantially.

    I hope this makes a bit more sense now!?

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