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These software developers ditched the daily stand-up. It was a good idea

Software company Haystack wanted to see how it could address burnout amongst its team.

Very few people enjoy meetings, and many will agree that constantly being pulled into huddles and stand-ups just takes valuable time away from actually getting stuff done.

The coronavirus pandemic has added another layer to this issue. While
video-conferencing tools

have created a means for us to stay in touch with our colleagues, organizations are still struggling to find a balance, leading to the rise of a new phenomenon informally dubbed
“Zoom fatigue”


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Software company Haystack recently found itself experiencing this first-hand. At the beginning of the March, the company appeared to be cruising along smoothly, successfully tackling issues, bugs and launching new features at top speed. However, things began to change quickly in mid-April, when productivity took a nosedive and a pattern of inactivity during the morning hours and early afternoon began to emerge.

After assessing the data, a few things came to light – not only was monotonous work like bug-hunting and catching up on large chunks of technical debt causing burnout amongst the team, but regular stand-up meetings were also taking time away from valuable – and productive – work.

“We’re remote so we take advantage of the time we have to be together,” Julian Colina, CEO & co-founder of Haystack, explained in a blog post.

“Our stand-ups are growing and [we] spend a lot of time on stand-ups chatting/designing new features. This is beginning to take away time from the team’s deep work.”


has become a very real issue amongst the home-based workforce in recent months, with recent research by FlexJobs suggesting that employees are now three times as likely to report poor mental health now than before the coronavirus pandemic.

Research suggests that