Daily stand-up purpose
Daily Scrum explained
What is the Daily Scrum?
“The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute time-boxed event for the Development Team to synchronize activities and create a plan for the next 24 hours.” Source: Scrum.org
What is the Daily Stand-up?
“A stand-up meeting (or simply “stand-up”) is a meeting in which attendees typically participate while standing. The discomfort of standing for long periods is intended to keep the meetings short.” Source: Wikipedia
Alternative terms you will find:
- daily stand-up
- daily Scrum
- daily stand-up meeting
So, what’s the “daily” for my Agile team?
Leaving the fancy terminology apart, it is the moment of the team to come together as a team, review the sprint goals, and realign together.
What’s the goal of the daily Scrum?
- Reiterate the sprint goal
- Check if you have any deviations since the sprint planning that need intervention
- Come together as Scrum Team
- Synchronize on the work the scrum team does in the next 24h
- Address issues related to the sprint
- Find solutions to problems
- Ensure everyone follows the plan
- Tracking progress via the burndown chart and from the reporting (the items planned for yesterday are usually done today)
Traditionally the Scrum team answers to the following questions:
- What did I do yesterday?
- What do I work on today?
- What blockers do I have?
I recommend to the Scrum teams I work with to go a step further in the daily Scrum and to answer the following questions:
- What did you complete yesterday to achieve the sprint goal?
- What did you work on (but didn’t complete) yesterday to achieve the sprint goal?
- What will you be working on today to achieve the sprint goal?
- What does it block you from achieving the sprint goal?
- What do you need to “discuss after”?
Tips for a successful Standup Meeting for Scrum teams:
- Keep it short. Ideally, it will be 15 min for a team of up to 8 people. If your Scrum Team has more than eight persons, it will take longer. It might be the moment to find a way to be more efficient, to spend less time in meetings.
- Mention what is completed and what is yet in progress.
- Limit work in progress.
- Organize follow up discussions after the daily Scrum to address specific topics with a limited audience.
Tips for the asynchronous daily stand-up meeting:
Some teams prefer to use stand-up bots such as Orli (Discord Jira Integration) or Standuply (Slack), Nextup (Slack Jira Integration).
- check the sprint goal every day
- read what your colleagues write
- check if any of your Scrum Teammates have blockers that you can help them with
- work together
- try to synchronize your reporting time.
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