Most product, engineering, and design teams follow standup meetings. A typical standup meeting involves a scrum master / team leader along with all teammates assembled in a ring formation for 20 minutes.
Standup meetings are quick daily status meetings where each teammate lists down the following:
- What I worked on yesterday
- What I will be working on today
- Any blockers
These meetings typically take anywhere from 20-30 minutes and when one teammate is speaking, the others just yawn or nod with acceptance. These standup meetings are an energy drain for most of the teammates. With the number of meetings having increased by 200%
, do you really want to have yet another meeting that could have been an update?
Moreover, the summary from these meetings lies lost in some report somewhere with never to be seen again and thus the context is all but lost. What if you could get that time and energy back with quick asynchronous check-ins
Check-ins help your team save time
Check-ins are a whole new way to do status updates. With daily check-ins, standup meetings will become a thing of the past as a check-in will help teammates indicate what they're working on in as quickly as 2 mins every day. Moreover, check-ins can be completed at any time during the day, so this process of asynchronous communication works great for remote and distributed teams.
Daily check-ins change the whole process of daily standups and status updates. What would end up wasting a lot of time, only never to be read and analyzed, suddenly changes to an effective asynchronous quick update that keeps the entire team in sync.
Check-ins keep the team in sync
Remote work has made it very difficult to keep the entire team in sync and collaborate at a daily level. According to a State of Remote Work 2020
research conducted by Buffer
, collaboration and communication are the biggest problems of remote work
Check-ins help solve this problem by notifying teammates what you're working on and flag any tasks as "Blocked", "Need Feedback", etc. so teammates can quickly help un-block you. By tagging objectives to check-ins, it will be very easy and seamless to understand the progress on objectives.
Check-ins cultivate team-buildingNeo
check-ins include regular team-building questions chosen from over 300+ carefully curated questions. These team-building questions help you understand your teammates at a deeper level and are fun, which helps bind the team together.
In addition, every check-in includes a quick mood check which helps you track your mood throughout the week and understand how to improve it.To conclude, check-ins are a very powerful tool to improve collaboration and communication in remote teams and are a new way to do work. To experience the power of check-ins and collaborative remote work, check out Neo - a platform that helps remote teams collaborate effectively with check-ins.