Change the format, regularly. Avoid status updates--use a story wall or a big visible version of your electronic tracking system (projected on the wall, or on a large monitor) to communicate status instead. Then focus on what decisions need to be made as a group.
Change the questions--try one of the following:
There's a lot more... what do you think of these ideas so far?
I really like the idea of changing the questions to keep people thinking.
The status updates thing does seem to happen organically. While a status on what they did is important, I am more interested in are they on target and what help they need from the team.
Keep the ideas coming. Thanks
Ravi and I have a few slides on this topic that we could use for the "Intro to Agile" section of the upcoming event--Wed the 14th at Devry--are you going to be there?
Just as a teaser, our slides point out how a stand-up needs to be about connection--once people's attention starts to wander, there's a problem. We also have worked with teams that use multiple stand-ups a day, since they can be great at reminding us to stop & look around at the team as well as the big picture.
And Martin Fowler posted this about Stand-ups just last month
I like the idea of the Improvement Board, but I could see where that would be a Futures-Wishlist is not policed and acted upon.