Stand up!

“Employees follow strict rules: Attendance is mandatory, nonwork chitchat is kept to a minimum and, above all, everyone has to stand up.

Stand-up meetings are part of a fast-moving tech culture in which sitting has become synonymous with sloth. The object is to eliminate long-winded confabs where participants pontificate, play Angry Birds on their cellphones or tune out.

Atomic Object even frowns upon tables during meetings. (…)

As Agile has become more widely adopted, stand-ups have spread along with it. VersionOne, which makes Agile-development software, polled 6,042 tech employees around the world in a 2011 survey and found that 78% held daily stand-up-meetings.” (more)

I am not sure whether this goes very well along with some aspects of diversity (namely age and disability). And, serving in the Army, I know how hard it is to stand still and upright for more than five minutes. Or just ask a shop assistant… concentrating on standing upright easily spoils your attention.

Most important of all: the whole approach is overengineered and best case unproductive. Why force people to stand up in mandatory meetings? Make _all_ meetings voluntary. If only people show up, who have an interest in the meeting, productivity and efficiency should boost. But that would ask for pre-meeting information like an agenda and the expected outcome – not everyone is used to this.

On the other hand I have to admit that I tend to stand-up and maybe even walk across the room during meetings. But I guess that isn’t what is meant here…

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