Daily Scrum

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Purpose

The Daily Scrum is a short meeting for the Development Team to inspect the work since the last meeting, and synchronize their work and plan for the next 24 hours.

Duration

Daily Scrums are always 15 minutes. The Daily Scrum meeting should be held at the same time and place throughout the Sprint, to minimize complexity.

Agenda

During the Daily Scrum, each member of the Development Team should answer these three questions:

  • What has been accomplished since the last meeting?
  • What will be done before the next meeting?
  • What obstacles are in the way?

Note: obstacles are not discussed in the meeting. If someone has a solution or concern, s/he should mention it after the Daily Scrum.

They assess progress toward the Sprint Goal and forecast the likelihood of completing the items after the Daily Scrum.

Attendees

The Daily Scrum is not a status meeting for all the stakeholders; it is just for the Development Team.

Other Scrum Team members, or even other stakeholders can attend the meeting, but they shouldn't speak.

After the Daily Scrum

The Development Team should monitor Sprint progress each day, but not during the Daily Scrum. They can use a burn-down chart to track their remaining work and check to see if they are going to complete all items before the end of the Sprint. The information gathered through Daily Scrums would be useful for updating the board, but the updating is not done during the Daily Scrum.

Scaled Scrum

There’s a common extra event in some forms of scaling Scrum: Scrum of Scrums. When Development Teams are done with their Daily Scrums, each will send a representative to a higher-level daily meeting called Scrum of Scrums. The representatives will synchronize team activities in this meeting. Each representative answers the three standard questions, plus this: what dependencies will your team have with other teams?

The Nexus framework of scaling Scrum uses a different form of higher-level synchronization.

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