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Manage Software Projects with 10-Minute Task Meetings

By Teresa Luckey, Joseph Phillips

Part of Software Project Management For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Successful software project managers encourage critical communication by regularly holding 10-minute task meetings. Software projects are labor-intensive and it’s easy to have long, time-wasting conversations with team members about issues. A 10-minute task meeting will help you communicate regularly and concisely with your project team.

The agenda of this daily task meeting is simple and requires participants to answer just three questions:

  • What did you do yesterday?

  • What must get done today?

  • What issues or problems are preventing the project from moving forward?

Ideally, this meeting lasts only 10 to 15 minutes, happens every morning, and involves only one project team. There’s no real need for other stakeholders to be in on this initial get-up-and-go meeting.

The point is to communicate with one another in small increments of time — sharing what’s been done and what’s remaining to do. It also gives you an opportunity to learn of any issues or red flags.