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Tips for a Great Daily Scrum Meeting

The daily scrum meeting is a quick daily meeting that helps the development team members organize their day. During the daily scrum, team members make three statements:

  • Yesterday, I completed…
  • Today, I will…
  • The things blocking my progress are…

To optimize your daily scrums,  here are few suggestions :

#1. Physically stand:

There is a reason this meeting is also called the daily standup meeting. Standing seems to help people focus for short and high-energy meetings such as the daily scrum. Combining this with #2 can help you develop new habits if your team has a history of sitting during the daily standup.

#2. Should you attend?

Participate in the Daily Scrum at least twice a week as the person in charge of the product. This allows you to understand what’s happening in the current sprint, and if and how you can help.You may find, for example, that some user stories are done and can be reviewed; or you may discover that the team is struggling with some acceptance criteria and requires your input. Additionally, you may want to ask the team to help refine product backlog items or update the product road map, for instance.

Be aware that the meeting is not intended to solve any problems. Therefore, don’t turn it into a product backlog or roadmapping workshop. These include not only working with the development team, but also meeting users and customers, and engaging with the stakeholders. If you religiously attend the Daily Scrum, then check if the balance is still right.

#3. Stick to the 15 minutes time-box:

If your meetings take longer than 15 minutes people will start getting bored and are more likely to feel this meeting doesn’t add any value for them. This normally indicates that something is wrong: maybe the team is too big, or maybe team members are using the meeting to solve problems instead of simply flagging them.

#4. No distractions:

Ensure everybody’s focus is on the meeting. Don’t fiddle around with your phone, or answer email, and definitely stop coding. It’s worth it! Staying focused helps the meeting stay short and on track. It also demonstrates respect to your fellow team members.

#5. Let the ScrumMaster do their job :

Know that it’s the ScrumMaster’s job to ensure that the Daily Scrum takes place and that it is effective. If you feel that something is wrong, however, that the team members don’t track their work well, that people don’t attend the meeting or arrive late, or that the Daily Scrum often overruns, for instance, then discuss your concerns with the development team and ScrumMaster in the next sprint retrospective. But don’t take on ScrumMaster duties.

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