Scrum Events

Daily Scrum

The daily scrum is not a social event nor a resolution meeting. It merely is a 15-minute meeting that addresses the main questions what you did, what you will do today and where are your impediments. Out of these questions the team creates an attack plan for the day.

Questions of a Daily Scrum

  • What have you done since the last daily scrum?
  • What will you be doing until the next daily scrum?
  • Is there anything standing in your way?

This helps the team to understand where they are at and to know where they stand for the work that remains to be done. It is not a meeting for the boss to know who is behind schedule and who is ahead but only just updating each other and following through with their commitments to each other. It helps each member of the group to know what stage everyone is up to so if a group member states he will get a job done today by the time tomorrow’s meeting comes he can update everyone about what is next on is agenda. There are commitments to each other in the team, and by updating everyone on their progress, it helps them to understand the importance of the responsibilities to each other.

Structure of a daily Scrum

When looking at how to structure a daily scrum, there are a few things to do to keep everything in order:

Stand-Up

Stand up, this means merely keeping upright on your feet to help keep you focused, so you aren’t drifting off and becoming distracted. This can be achieved by holding the meeting in a room without chairs.

Sprint-Board

Make sure your project tool is visible, the use of a Kanban board and even Sprint can help your team see what is being completed and what is behind in schedule. It’s important for everyone to be in a routine of reviewing the management tool before each meeting to give them the efficiency boost of knowing what’s going on and what stands where before the session begins.

Using a combined effort, the typical daily scrum mistake is turning the meeting into a one on one chat with the scrum master. This overthrows the whole goal of standing up and being involved as a team.

No other meetings

Plan meetings around the team members, sometimes things get busy, and it can be hard to stick to a routine, but it is essential to hold to a method for your daily scrum meetings. If there is no structure, the sessions will eventually fail and won’t exist.

Same-Time Every-Day

Consistency, when dealing with scrum meetings you need to keep things consistent. If you find most people arrive early to work, then hold your meetings in the morning before work, so there is no interruption during work. If most people prefer a meeting during a break, then schedule a coffee break during the afternoon where everyone can have a chat during a coffee break.

Who needs to attend?

All the team members should participate that also includes the Scrum master who is the coach. The product owner can also join in while it is encouraged due to other commitments they may not be able to attend.

It is allowed to have guests joining the daily as listeners, but they are not actively taking part during the daily scrum. Guests can ask questions to the team after the regular daily scrum is over.