By: David Kalt.
Small team stand up meetings, have become very common in the technology-centric workplaces and new enterprises around digital world, mostly of them with young people as part of their teams.
These quick meetings, that force all team members to look each other in the eye and share their priorities and goals, have proven to be extremely beneficent. It promotes accountability, collaboration and quick problem solving.
The challenge arises when the team grows, and the stand-up starts to look like an uprising. Reverb is a marketplace where musicians can buy and sell instruments and gear in a fun and friendly environment. We have grown from 3 people to 100 people in 3 years. The stand-up meeting has proven an invaluable tool to keep the team motivated, informed and inspired.
Here’s how we do it at Reverb. We leave our plush workspaces, for our unfinished basement where the distractions are minimal. Each week, managers select three team members to make a 5-minute presentation on topic of their choice. The goal is to get comfortable speaking publicly, share some of your passion (usually work-related), and get your peers to smile and applaud. By leaving the nature of discussions open, we’ve encouraged real soul searching which creates inspiring and motivating story-telling for the entire company. We save some time to share company milestones, financial goals, and opportunities.
Reverb Team applauding a presenter at stand up meeting.
When team members are encouraged to speak up, and management is open and visible about goals, and objectives true transparency exists. Transparency is an often discussed theme in many of today’s leading companies, yet practicing transparency is a two way street that takes real commitment.
Reverb’s weekly stand-up has become a ritual that defines our culture of open communication, collaboration and kicking ass each day. So, let’s all follow the lead of the legendary Bob Marley and Peter Tosh and ‘Get Up Stand Up’.