Interview on National Public Radio about Daily Standups

Following the article in the Wall Street Journal on daily standup meetings a few weeks ago, a number of other places have interviewed me about the topic of daily standups. I don’t know why they’re asking me, but the interviews have been fun so far. The latest was on the National Public Radio (NPR) Marketplace show on Monday, 20 February 2012. You can listen to the whole show but Sarah Gardner's interview with me begins at 18:50.  Click on the link above if you want to hear my take on daily standup meetings.

Sarah Gardner asked some great questions which I have answered and these include:

What’s the point of a standup meeting and why am I recommending it?
What rituals I recommend to ensure standups are a success?
What rubber bats have to do with meetings?

You can read the full transcript of this interview at the link above and listen to me answering Sarah’s questions.




About the Author

As the founder of Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques to build extremely high-performance teams. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. Mike is a founding member of theĀ Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is also the founder of, an online agile training website. He can be reached at or connect with Mike on Google+.