How to Help Your Team to Run Effective Daily Scrums

As we all know, Daily Scrums are one of the most important communication areas towards sprint goal check and sprint progress. But if your Scrum Team thinks that it is useless or if they are conducting it in an inefficient way, it means something goes wrong and it is time to support them to increase efficiency!

In my opinion, it is a good practice to clarify the questions written below by providing them a suitable environment to discuss;

  • What outcomes do we want to get from our dailies in our Sprint cycle? There should be a well-explained benefit.

It is possible to arrange a small workshop within this scope. Remember that if you come to an agreement together, then it is more valuable and more acceptable to try together.

The concept of this workshop may be prepared regarding these questions and Team’s pain points of course. I can give some suggestions for the agenda;

  • You may give some information about Daily Scrum. You may compare Daily Scrum with Daily Meeting/Status Meeting. Emphasizing that Daily Scrum is NOT a status update meeting may be useful.

“The Developers can select whatever structure and techniques they want, as long as their Daily Scrum focuses on progress toward the Sprint Goal and produces an actionable plan for the next day of work.”

So they should feel free to choose their own way to get higher efficiency. You may also show the alternative methods that you found from literature; it will be evocatory to listen new practices and they may enhance a new method inspired from existing ones.

  • After explanation and brainstorming, you can collect their ideas on post-its as “Keep and start doing” and “Stop doing”, then you may discuss about the items one by one and get the Team’s Own Daily Scrum Rules in the final :) But you should remind that as we all know Scrum is based on empiricism and the rule list is organic. If one method the team chose didn’t work, then remove it and try a new one!

To sum up, if you observe dysfunctions in your Daily Scrums, you should create suitable environment to the team to make them feel free to express their opinions. Giving some information about Daily Scrum (that I mentioned above) is a good point to start with. Then, you can help them to visualize the rules and come to an agreement together.

Remember that; “Scrum is based on empiricism, please do not be scared of trying new things, if the things that you tried didn’t work, then remove it. It is better then being stuck on useless habits and you would never know unless you experienced.”

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