Nic D'Angelo
Nic D'Angelo

How to Run a Great Daily Scrum Meeting

Recommended Meeting Template: Daily Stand-Up

The Daily Scrum is a key component of the Scrum framework, and is essential to the success of any Scrum project. The purpose of the Daily Scrum is to allow the Scrum team to inspect their progress towards the Sprint goal, and to identify any impediments to progress. The Daily Scrum is also an opportunity for the team to assess their ability to meet the Sprint goal, and to make any necessary adjustments to their plan.

The Daily Scrum should be conducted at the same time and place each day, and should last no more than 15 minutes. The Scrum Master should start the Daily Scrum by reminding the team of the Sprint goal, and then each team member should briefly answer the following three questions:

  1. What did you do yesterday to help the team meet the Sprint goal?
  2. What do you plan to do today to help the team meet the Sprint goal?
  3. Are there any impediments in your way that are preventing you from meeting the Sprint goal?

After each team member has answered these questions, the Scrum Master should facilitate a discussion to help the team identify any potential solutions to their impediments. The Scrum Master should then adjourn the Daily Scrum, and the team should get to work on their Sprint goal.

If conducted properly, the Daily Scrum can be an extremely effective tool for Scrum teams. By providing a daily opportunity for the team to inspect their progress and identify any impediments, the Daily Scrum helps to ensure that the team remains focused and on track. Additionally, the Daily Scrum can help to improve communication within the team, and can help to build trust and collaboration.

If you're having trouble getting your team to buy into the Daily Scrum, or if you're struggling to make it effective, here are a few tips:

  1. Make sure that everyone on the team understands the purpose of the Daily Scrum, and is committed to making it work.
  2. Hold the Daily Scrum at the same time and place each day, and stick to the 15 minute time limit.
  3. Make sure that each team member is prepared to answer the three Daily Scrum questions.
  4. Encourage team members to openly share any impediments they are facing, and help to facilitate a discussion to identify potential solutions.
  5. adjourn the Daily Scrum as soon as all three questions have been answered, and make sure the team gets to work on their Sprint goal.
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