How long is your standup?

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My friend is a hospital doctor. Each morning, the surgery team has a meeting to run through the day's operations. It's quite an important meeting where the patients are discussed, highlighting any special matters to monitor during surgery. The team also uses this meeting to coordinate the logistics for the special medical equipment required for every operation.

Sounds a lot like a software engineering team's standup meeting, I thought. I asked my friend, how long does this meeting take? Sounds complicated...

The surgery meeting lasts 5 minutes!!!

If all the surgeons in a hospital only need 5 minutes, why do small software engineering team standups always seem to drag on for much longer?

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