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The Structure of a Daily Scrum #agile #scrum

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The only questions that are asked in the Daily Scrum, aka Stand-Up, are:

  • What did you do yesterday?
  • What will you do today?
  • Are there any impediments in your way?
  • As a Daily Scrum lasts at absolute maximum 15 minutes and this rule is more important than answering any specific questions on any of the subjects or issues raised. The daily scrum is not for resolving problems, those three questions provide an update to everyone involved on the Sprint status: What is important for the next 24 hours as a team?

    Any discussion should be done in a self organizing team in follow-up meetings to have these discussion with everyone involved in the task, it’s usually that people are working on separate tasks, so in this way anybody in the team who doesn’t need to be there can go about their business. Sticking to the specifics and having a team board to point at task cards and stories helps to keep the focus. The purpose of the Daily Scrum is to allow this self organization to take place, and the 15 minute timebox leaves 23 hours and 45 minutes per day.

    One of the issues in not respecting the structure of the Daily Scrum is that it makes job of Scrum Master slighty harder, after all it’s up to Scrum Master to stop it on reasonable level of details. The Scrum Master should ask: “Why don’t you continue that discussion after the standup?” The structure also allows every person, the extrovert and introvert to speak without too much discussion.

    Simply said the Daily Scrum should allow for quick statusing, and identification of need for more in-depth interaction. It’s not the perfect, sole venue for team interaction.

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    I saw a question posted on the hosted by : Does daily scrum has to have so rigid structure?. Above are a mash-up of the answers and thoughts I thought were relevant, with my own comments.

    Image sources: Michael O’Connor, Jerry Wong


    Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

    August 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Posted in business, programming

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