For years now teams have come together on baseball fields, football fields, soccer fields, race tracks, offices and homes in what has become known as the huddle. These quick and spirited standups often last no more than 5 minutes and help team members refocus their efforts while planning for things to come. Whether the purpose is to realign or align team members focus towards an objective, the daily 10 - 15 minute scrum, stand - up or huddle works.
Over the course of the day many things come up. If you have a full plate already you may often times fall into a routine of just getting the easiest tasks done right when they hit your desk. Meanwhile the larger items fall further and further behind. The daily huddle is a great way to organize and help bring each other back into focus. Priorities can be set and newer tasks can be scheduled and planned for so that they don't fall behind. Additionally each member of the team can share with one another what they need to focus on each day for them to be successful which ultimately drives efficiency to a higher level.
Support each other
One of the biggest benefits of bringing a team together is that the talents of each member of the team can be used to support one another. Together everyone achieves more is the perfect mantra for support. During a daily huddle team members can ask for help from others and members of the team have an opportunity to meet with their superiors for any issues that might require elevation. This opportunity provide a time for team members to share possible bottlenecks or constraints with others but many times issues can be resolved during the huddle while reducing the need for reactive firefighting.
The biggest benefit of a daily huddle is the way the huddle brings team members in sync with each other. Like we noted earlier, priorities can be set helping each member of the team avoid completing tasks which may no longer be a priority. This 10 - 15 minute huddle will also improve communication and while systematically keeping daily tasks inline.
To find out more about lean huddles visit our latest "mini course" titled Introduction to Lean Huddles. Packed with templates, slides and activities to start your daily huddles the course is a great way to begin learning both key components of a lean strategy and get your daily huddle started.