- People feeling left out
- Not having the right people there when decisions are made
- Time wasted on interesting rather than useful discussions
- People starting to question the merits of a daily stand-up that consumes a lot of team capacity
One way to avoid a never-ending stand-up is to have a clear signal at the end.
A friend of mine enjoys climbing. At the end of his daily stand-ups he would signal "On Belay?" and the rest of the team would respond "Belay On".
Sports teams are good at signaling the end of the huddle. One of my favorites is the team portrayed in the classic book by Alexandre Dumas. The Three Musketeers would end their stand-ups with a single cry of "All for one" which then be followed by the refrain "and one for all"
What are your favorite signals?