We have had a few posts about scrum over the last few months.  We launched our Practical Scrum method earlier this month and it is authentically Agile whilst corporate friendly.  In this post we are going to look at another agile topic; the Daily scrum meeting.  The Scrum method even gets it’s name from the daily scrums that are at the heart of the active management of the project.  So you might therefore be wondering why we didn’t cover it earlier… and the answer is simple.  You needed to get to grips with the Product Backlog first.

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Daily scrum because it is good to talk, but not too much

You will have other types of meetings in yous project.  Notably your Sprint planning and closing out meetings.  But while your project is running you will have a Daily scrum almost everyday.  I hear some of you groaning…surely not another meeting to have to attend… and every day?  But your Daily Scrums will be different and here are some of the ways in which that is the case:

  • it should be no longer than 15 minutes long
  • usually at the same time and location everyday
  • the whole team attends
  • others may attend
  • only committed team members may speak
  • it is held everyday of a sprint
  • most often this is a standing meeting

See I told you it would be different.

Your daily scrum focuses on coordination and progress towards the end of the Sprint. Review of the Burndown Chart being probably the most important aspect of this. Each team member then answers the same three questions:

  1. What you did yesterday?
  2. What you will do today?
  3. Are there challenges putting your delivery at risk?

This meeting is not a status meeting, to see why that is important  read more here. Smaller groups may meet to replan or address challenges immediately after the Daily Scrum has finished but this won’t be the whole team.

Helping you run a good Daily Scrum meeting

So of course when we developed Practical Scrum we wanted to make it easy to support Daily scrum meetings.  The product backlog template creates a burndown chart for the current sprint which is great.  You can also use the Sprint stories list in the product backlog as a basis for your scrum stand-up.  Because we built a traditional schedule into Practical scrum you also have a great timeline for planned activities.  Your Issue and risk registers will also assist to identifying and addressing challenges.

Of course all of this is available for free to users of Practical scrum in Community Edition and Planner.  You can sign up and download that now and use it forever.

If you use Practical Scrum on our multi-user tools you will also be able to generate a Daily scrum report. This new report is great for bringing together all the info you need to run your Daily scrum meeting.  It is produced into word so you can annotate it with discussions and save it to your report library.

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