With Funscrum, Startups Can Do Stand-up Meetings Via Email

December 9, 2012

10:00 am

A stand-up meeting, also called a scrum, is a very short meeting where team members update each other on their status. What have they accomplished? What are they planning to accomplish? What’s standing in their way?

But even stand-up meetings – which originally were held standing up to keep the length down – can be a hassle for startups. Teams who work remotely have to call in by phone, and CEOs’ days are already filled with tons of meetings. So David Semerad, founder of uLikeIT and The Game, started Funscrum.

Funscrum pares back the stand-up meeting even further to an email. Team members are all prompted with a few questions each morning, like the ones above, and everyone receives all the answers shortly thereafter. You can use it with up to 21 people.

This may waste more time than it saves, however. If an issue comes up on a stand-up meeting, three team members might decide to discuss it later. But with Funscrum, it seems harder to figure out who should discuss which issues and whether all issues are getting solved.

Would you use Funscrum? You can try it free for a month, and after that it’s $9.99/month.

Funscrum was a showcased startup at our Tech Cocktail San Francisco mixer. 

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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