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The daily huddle template helps you understand what everyone is working on every day.

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Automates your daily huddles, so you can spend less time asking people for updates and more time resolving blockers. See how:

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Daily Huddle Template FAQ 

Everything you need to know about running daily huddles in Friday.

  • What is the daily huddle?

    A daily huddle is another name for a daily scrum, a popular routine in agile teams. In highly collaborative environments, a daily huddle can serve as a helpful way to share information, keep people accountable, and proactively identify potential roadblocks that impede progress.

    A daily huddle should be less than fifteen minutes. People should come prepared to a daily huddle ready to share what they are working on.

  • Why should this happen everyday?

    The daily huddle should happen every day because it speeds up the flow of information. If a team is all working on the same project, it's critical that each person have ambient awareness of what others are working on.

  • Should they be asynchronous?

    We strongly recommend that the daily huddle should be asynchronous. At Friday, we think meetings are best for collaboration, not general information sharing. It can be incredibly difficult to coordinate schedules for a group (especially distributed teams).

    A fifteen minute meeting every day costs thousands of dollars per month, even for a small team!

  • How do I get up and running?

    Daily huddles are effective work habits, but there are pitfalls you should avoid as well.

    For example:

    • Limit the meeting to 15 minutes max
    • Come to the meeting prepared
    • Avoid 1-1 conversation until after the huddle is over
    • Don't share a list of activities. Share work that is relevant to the rest of the group. Spend most of your time on blockers.
    • Hold a huddle at the same time. Create consistency
  • What questions should I ask in my daily huddle?

    We recommend the following questions in your daily huddles:

    • What did you accomplish yesterday? (open-ended)
    • What do you aim to accomplish today? (open-ended)
    • Any roadblocks? (open-ended)

    As you roll out this communication process, you can add and remove questions based on feedback from the team. If you use the Friday template, you can customize the questions (emojis, open-ended responses, true/false, and more).

  • Can I customize this routine and ask different questions?

    Friday workflows are completely customizable. For example, you can change the following options:

    • Who should fill it out - choose people who need to give an update
    • Questions - pick from a variety of question types like sentiment, emojis, yes/no, open-ended, and more
    • Timing - day of week, time of day, etc
    • Notifications - where should the status update responses be sent?
    • Prompts - ask people for updates over SlackMicrosoft Teams, or email.

    The Friday workflow builder makes it easy to run virtually any communication workflow you can think of - daily huddles are one of many options available.

    You see other examples on our templates page.

  • Does this integrate with Microsoft Teams or Slack?

    Yes! We integrate directly with Teams and Slack. Easily run your daily huddle with tools that you already use.

  • What are other best practices to the daily huddle?

    There are a few best practices to make the most of this information sharing event at work. We've shared our top tips below:

    1.) Use these reports to eliminate information sharing meetings - meetings are great for collaboration, not basic information sharing. If you use the Friday huddle template, you won't need to have a huddle in real-time which can save you thousands of dollars every month.

    2.) Roll up responses at employee level - after a few weeks of updates, rollup the responses per employee and see exactly what someone's contributions were over the past few weeks.

    3.) Document output, not the inputs - encourage the team to document output vs. activity in these updates. This is a major lesson we learned from the book, High Output Management.

    4.) Keep it simple - Don't reinvent the wheel. The more questions you ask, the more likely someone is to not complete the update. Limit the huddle to three questions (max)

    5.) Map work to a higher-level goal - how did the day-to-day work contribute to a higher-level purpose, goal, or company strategy? Make sure to document why you are working on a particular task. If you use Friday, you can use #hashtags to help.

    6.) Link to the work in 3rd party tools - if you use project management tools, make sure to link to the appropriate activity if someone wants to learn a bit more. We make this easy with our integrations.

  • How much does this cost?

    You can get started running daily huddles for free. We are a business, so we can't give everything away, so premium features are $6/person per month and include:

    We are confident that Friday can save you hours every week and help you understand what's going on at work.

  • How can see daily huddle responses?

    It's up to you! We let you choose who can see the responses.

    For example, you could select one of the following options:

    • Just You (we don't recommend this option for a daily huddle).
    • Everyone on the Team (the best option)
    • External stakeholders

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The daily huddle is deeply integrated into workplace tools you already use, like Slack, Teams, and project management apps.

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Easily measure and track results over time. See completion rate, metrics, and sentiment over time. Easily export to PDF or CSV.

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Customizable

With Friday, you can customize every aspect of the daily huddle report (questions, reminders, notifications, prompts, etc). 

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