The Daily Stand-Up for Scrum Masters

The daily scrum is an opportunity for developers or anyone committed to working in the sprint to talk to each other to make sure the entire team is driving to the same goal and working together towards the successfully completing the sprint. It is a short meeting, where those involved in the project interact and keep abreast of any changes that might have happened the previous day, and highlight any impediments that may be affecting the progress of the team. The forcing function of everyone having to stand for it also ensures that is it kept short and that people are physically more engaged and present. It’s a time each day for the team to come together and stay agile.

What is a Daily Scrum?

The Daily Scrum is a daily meeting where the team communicates their current work and highlights any impediments. This raises any issues with the Scrum Master who can then look to quickly resolve them to enable the development team to continue progressing with their work. The only people that should be speaking at this meeting are those that are committed to the sprint. The  time-boxed 15 min meeting requires that each member communicates to their team members three pieces of information:

● What did I do yesterday?
● What do I plan to do today?
● What, if anything, is blocking or impeding my work?

The daily scrum is attended be the developers, designers, testers, and other active development team members, the Scrum Master and, depending on the situation, the product owner. This is not a report to higher-ups regarding the project status but is a daily commitment to the team of the work that was completed and what you will get done to make sure the team succeeds.

What is a Daily Scrum?

If a developer says during the daily scrum that they will finish a database module during that day’s work, then the team will expect to hear that she finished the module at the next daily scrum. It is not a meeting where a manager is taking notes regarding who is behind and who is ahead, this is a time to commit to the team the work each team member plans to get done.

If impediments are identified during the daily scrum, a conversation should be held after the meeting to find a resolution. This is where the highest value within the Scrum Master’s role can be observed. The Scrum Master’s goal is to always help the team move forward, they are just as committed to the work laid out in the sprint as everyone else on the team. If missing software, broken equipment, or anything that is impeding the work of a team member it is the Scrum Masters responsibility to make sure this impediment is removed as quickly as possible.

The daily scrum meeting should happen at the same time and place every day so it becomes a regular part of the team’s daily routine. Generally towards the beginning of the day is best but find a time where everyone can commit to being there.

Why is this meeting important to the process?

This meeting is key to the scrum process because it provides a daily source of feedback to the Scrum Team.  They can use this feedback to immediately adapt to change, making the process more efficient. Through daily updates, the team can quickly identify impediments and take action to correct them before they begin to negatively impact the success of the project.

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This ‘Master of Agile – Agile Scrum Master With 59 Seconds Agile (Video Training Course)’ provides an in-depth understanding of the Agile Scrum Master roles and responsibilities

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During this course you will learn the tools needed to succeed as an Agile Scrum Master

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You will gain an in-depth understanding of the Agile Scrum Master roles and responsibilities, and you will be able to

  • Fully understand the role of the Agile Scrum Master
  • Understand the roles involved in an Agile project
  • Create an effective Product Backlog
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  1. An Introduction to Agile Project Management (Scrum Master)
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  3. The 12 Agile Principles (Scrum Master)
  4. The Agile Fundamentals (Scrum Master)
  5. Introduction to Scrum (Scrum Master)
  6. Scrum Projects (Scrum Master)
  7. Scrum Project Roles (Scrum Master)
  8. Scrum in Projects, Programs & Portfolios (Scrum Master)
  9. How to Manage an Agile Project (Scrum Master)
  10. Leadership Styles (Scrum Master)
  11. The Agile Project Life-cycle (Scrum Master)
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