Daily Scrum

A daily meeting: the Daily Scrum

One of the five Scrum events

The Daily Scrum is one of the Scrum events. During this meeting the team members synchronize their progress with each other. They create a plan for the next 24 hours. The Daily Scrum is held every day of the Sprint and lasts at most 15 minutes.

The meeting helps the team to optimize collaboration and performance. In fact, the Development Team inspects how progress is trending towards the Sprint Goal. One of the key characteristics of the Daily Scrum is that the meeting is held at the same time and place each day in order to reduce complexity.

Who attends the meeting?

The Daily Scrum is an internal meeting for the Development Team. The Scrum Master and Product Owner can attend too. If the Scrum Master attends the meeting, he ensures that the Development Team has the meeting. In addition, he/she teaches the Development Team to keep the Daily Scrum within the 15 minutes timebox.

Anyone else is allowed to attend, and is there only to listen. In fact, nobody leads or controls the event. This makes this meeting an excellent way for a Scrum team to spread information.

What happens during the meeting?

It does not exist a standard format for the Daily Scrum. In fact, the structure of the meeting is set by the Development Team. For instance, during the meeting each team member answers the following three questions:

  • What did you do yesterday?
  • What will you do today?
  • Are there any impediments in your way?

The team members provide the status to the rest of the team. Then, the team can decide to collaborate to solve the issues came out during the meeting. In case, there are issues or impediments which are external to the team, they need to involve the Scrum Master. A Scrum Master ensures that all impediments are resolved.

Keep in mind

The Daily Scrum is not a status update meeting in which a manager collects information about who is behind schedule. Instead, it is a meeting in which team members can commit to each other to reach the Sprint goal.

Francesco Pecoraro

Francesco has extensive experience as a project, program and portfolio manager, project management officer (PMO), digital transformation and strategic consultant. He is also considered a communication, public speaking and leadership expert.

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