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Why are Stand-Ups called "Stand-Ups"?
A slightly different question this time, and one I've been wondering about for a really long time now: why are Stand-Ups called "Stand-Ups"? Must everyone necessarily stand up during the stand-up? What if I sat down during a stand-up? Would that be sacrilegious?

Does this have anything to do with the Standing Sushi Bars in Japan? So many questions.

More seriously though, are stand-ups unique only to Scrum, or can I organically incorporate this practice into a waterfall world, especially now that most people work remotely?

Don't lie - I'm sure many of you would have wondered before.
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Jonathan -

the rationale was to create a sense of urgency around the event to be able to wrap it up in the minimum time necessary. And no, everyone does not have to stand up - that is desirable, but if someone has a physical ailment one has to be inclusive!

Finally, you can call them stand ups, scrums, daily huddles or anything else - they are just practices which means they can be applied in any context if they help the team to succeed.

Stand-up meetings have been around forever, wherever there are teams that need to set an immediate agenda for the task directly ahead. It's part ceremony, part practical.

It's a quick meeting so it avoids the wasted time of everyone taking seats and getting comfortable. It promotes the flow of discussion when each speaker doesn't have to leave their seat, march up to the front of a conference room, and launch a PowerPoint presentation while everyone waits and ponders the universe. It commands better attention than everyone opening up their laptops and tuning out of discussions they don't find personally important.

It's more like a sports team having a quick huddle and calling the next play, rather than sitting in the locker room discussing the strategy for the 2nd half of the match.

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