Putting my brand new Motorola DROID to work, I just completed my first Android application, which I’m calling Standup Timer.
Standup Timer is a very simple application that helps keep your stand-up meetings focused, and on track. I’ve been participating in stand-up meetings of one form or another for a few years now. One thing that is constantly an issue with stand-up meetings is that they often run longer than they are supposed to. Instead of simply stating their status and moving on, participants will often start to ramble, or engage in conversations with other members of the team. Those who practice any form of the Agile software development methodology know that the value of stand-up meetings drops considerably if the meeting is constantly allowed to overflow its time constraints.
So, I created an app for that :) Standup Timer helps to keep your stand-up meetings on track by allotting each participant an equal share of time, and letting participants know when they are about to exceed, or have exceeded their time. The notification comes in the form of a bell ring for the warning, and an air horn when the time has run out. If any time is left after all participants have presented their status, then Standup Timer will keep the clock ticking, so the remaining meeting time can be used for an open discussion.
Standup Timer is easy to use. Simply provide the number of participants in the meeting, the length of the meeting, and press Start to start the timer. On the timer screen, press Next when a participant is finished presenting their status to reset the timer for the next participant. When the meeting is over, press Finished. Standup Timer will remember the number of participants and meeting length from the last time you used it. It also allows you to enable/disable sounds, and to specify when (how many seconds left in their share of time) to warn participants that they are about to exceed their share of time.
Standup Timer is free and open source. You can find the application in the Android Market, and the source code on GitHub at http://github.com/jwood/standup-timer.