How to do asynchronous Scrum standups using Discourse?


(Michael Downey) #1

Our project currently does synchronous IRC-based daily (M-F) Scrum standups for people who:

  • Are currently hacking on the project, and
  • Are available at the designated time.

This is less than ideal for a global team for various reasons, so I’m trying to think of how to re-create something like Flock but using Discourse. (The less tools, the better!)

For those not familiar with the report, the standard items mentioned include:

  • What was done the previous day
  • Plans for the upcoming day
  • Any issues blocking the person from proceeding with their work

I’ve been thinking about how to use the following features to make it happen:

  • Dedicated sub-category
  • Auto-close topics after N hours for the sub-category
  • Category-based topic templates
  • Specifying content in URL’s to pre-populate topics

The problem seems to be conceptualizing how this should look. Should each person create a topic for each day they have a report to make? A topic for each day that everyone contributes to? Ideally, someone could just go to a standard link or URL to create their report with minimal clicks.

Is this interesting to anyone else who would like to brainstorm a way forward? Thanks in advance. :smile:


(Jeff Atwood) #2

Seems like a topic per “stand up” with multiple replies, one from each team member, would work fine. Use a unique category and put a category template in so people have some idea of what info to include.

I personally dislike any “mandatory meeting every day” scheme as we try to keep mandatory meetings to an absolute minimum.