First let’s introduce
We can find in Scrum Guide :
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. This is done by inspecting the work since the last Daily Scrum and forecasting the work that could be done before the next one.
The Daily Scrum is held at the same time and place each day to reduce complexity.
- During the meeting, the Development Team members explain:
* What did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
- * What will I do today to help the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
* Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Development Team from meeting the
But during Daily Stand-up meeting, in spite of its name, is not important that you are standing or even that it should happen every day, last no more than 15 minutes, not even these three questions, sometimes not even a synchronisation is needed… I believe the most important part is to create a plan.
Daily stand-up is a planning meeting!
We should read Scrum guide further.
The Development Team uses the Daily Scrum to inspect progress toward the Sprint Goal and to inspect how progress is trending toward completing the work in the Sprint Backlog.
The Daily Scrum optimizes the probability that the Development Team will meet the Sprint Goal. Every day, the Development Team should understand how it intends to work together as a selforganizing team to accomplish the Sprint Goal and create the anticipated Increment by the end of the Sprint.
I can fully agree with that.
Daily Scrum meeting purpose, is to inspect progress towards the Sprint Goal!
The Development Team or team members often meet immediately after the Daily Scrum for detailed discussions, or to adapt, or replan, the rest of the Sprint’s work.
Those are, so called, “follow-ups”. Commonly, during the Daily Scrum meeting, long and complex technical discussions should not be performed. Typically, during the Daily Scrum Team Members should signalise others need for detailed discussion and discuss later on.
The Scrum Master ensures that the Development Team has the meeting, but the Development Team is responsible for conducting the Daily Scrum.
I cannot agree with that.
I believe that Scrum Master responsibility is to remove any obstacles, so that the meeting can take place, but not exactly to ensure, that the meeting will happen. This is a big difference…
There is that phase in team development, when team members don’t want to have a Daily meeting (or any other meeting in fact). Sometimes it happens right at the beginning, when team members do not fully understand the meaning of Daily Scrum in their work, sometimes it happens, when they work close enough to feel that they are synchronised and they don’t need it, and sometimes this is just childish defiance.
A Daily meeting is not for the Scrum Master, Daily is for the Team, and if the Team doesn’t feel like having Daily Scrum meeting, don’t force it!
The Scrum Master teaches the Development Team to keep the Daily Scrum within the 15-minute time-box.
Yes I can agree with that! 🙂 Scrum Master teaches.
I can also agree that time-boxing is useful. But if your Team is already well educated and aware of a meeting goal, yet longer discussions still happen during the Daily Scrum, and it is obvious that everyone need them, this is maybe the time to experiment a little bit… But about that later.
The Scrum Master enforces the rule that only Development Team members participate in the Daily Scrum.
Does that mean that the Scrum Master can’t say anything during it?
Daily Scrums improve communications, eliminate other meetings, identify impediments to development for removal , highlight and promote quick decision-making, and improve the Development Team’s level of knowledge. This is a key inspect and adapt meeting.
We’ve managed through some theory, now we will sum up and listen to some arguments:
- Daily stand-up is a planning meeting! But also a key inspect and adapt meeting.
- It is used to inspect how progress is trending toward completing the work in the Sprint Backlog.
- It is used by the Development Team to synchronize their activities.
- The Daily Scrum optimises the probability that the Development Team will meet the Sprint Goal.
- The Daily Scrum gives Development Team opportunity to understand how it intends to work together as a self-organising team to accomplish the Sprint Goal
- Daily Scrum improves communication.
- Helps to identify impediments to development for removal, highlight and promote quick decision-making.
- Improve the Development Team’s level of knowledge.
- Scrum Master responsibility is to remove any obstacles, so that the meeting can take place, but not exactly to ensure, that meeting will happen.
- The Daily Scrum is not for the Scrum Master, Daily Stand-up meeting is for the team, and if the team doesn’t feel like to having a Daily Meeting, don’t force it.
What if your team doesn’t want to have a Daily Scrum?
- Make sure that they understand the benefits of being aware of progress in realisation Sprint Goal and being synchronised. If they understand that, let them not having a Daily Stand-up.
Synchronisation is essential for team work. You don’t need to superimpose extra control on your team. Trust me, that with time, your team will came up with its own way to synchronise.
- Observe your team and notice examples when they haven’t been synchronised and when that fact has disorganised their work.
- If team would not find its way to being synchronised you may use those examples as arguments, remind them about benefits of having a daily and propose another trial round with Daily Scrum meeting.
What about these three questions:
- What did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
- What will I do today to help the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
- Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Development Team from meeting the Sprint Goal?
They are useful and it would be great if your team learn how to communicate effectively in such a way, that all these issues would be addressed during the Daily, but don’t try to change Daily Scrum meeting in Q&A session. That would quickly kill sharing-knowledge spirit.
- It is a good practice to educate Team Members and help them to getting used to 15 minutes time boxes.
We all hate long meetings and we have all had that feeling, that meetings are destroying our concentration for a whole day. Keeping them short helps to concentrate on meeting goal and doesn’t leave that feeling of wasting your time.
- Only Development Team members participate in the Daily Scrum rule.
That rule sound very strict. It reminds us that this meeting is for the Team, your presence is not demanded. My team wanted me to join, and always asks about my activities so I share with them.
- Sprint Backlog and the Daily Stand-up meeting
It is not an obligation to stand in front of Scrum Table during Daily Stand-up, but it is very helpful, so many teams are starting to do it on their own.
If your team does not want to use Task Board, but you can see, that they should do, you can:
- explain to them benefits of using Sprint Backlog during the Daily Stand-up,
- educate them and help them to notice moments, in which they are having hard time during discussion (e.g. because they don’t remember scope of their task),
- leave the decision to them.
After the meeting the team should :
- Have common understanding about team progress in realisation of a Sprint Goal.
- Be aware if they will manage to complete all of the committed items on time.
- Have knowledge about other team mates progress in their tasks
- Share information if someone needs help with its task
We don’t need a Daily Meeting!
My Team at the beginning of my work with them felt that Daily Scrum doesn’t bring them any benefits. They decided to not have a Daily at all… After about a Sprint, they understood, that they need to communicate more, but they still didn’t want to have a Daily Stand-up meeting.
We come up with the idea of Team-Breakfasts, on which, what we mostly do is small-talk and after we finish eating, we spare 5 minutes to talk about what we are planning to do today.
With time everyone got used to our breakfasts, but team felt the need to synchronise more. Half of the team is starting their work at 7 and other half at 9:45, so those who come up earlier, often don’t know what to do, to help most, in achieving Sprint Goal. We decided to have an additional afternoon synchronisation at 14:15 in form of Daily Stand-up meeting. We talk about what we have achieved since breakfast and if someone needs help, there is still time before end of a shift to sit down together and work against a problem.
At the end, the team which hated the Daily Scrum, ended up with having two! Moreover they are quite happy about that!
How did I manage to achieve that? I just did, what a good Scrum Master should do: actively did nothing! 🙂
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