Why You Need Daily Scrum Meetings

Daily standups, also known as Daily Scrum, are quick daily Scrum meetings that the Scrum team has every day of the sprint. These meetings should be time-boxed to 15 minutes to keep the discussion quick but effective.

To eliminate confusion and keep things as productive as possible, daily Scrum meetings should be held at the same time and same place every day. It’s best to have them in the morning before the Scrum team starts their work.

The whole team should attend daily standups — the Scrum Master, product owner/manager, and developers. Other team members can attend and listen but they shouldn’t actively participate in the discussion.

If other people are present at the daily standup, the Scrum Master should ensure they don’t disrupt the meeting.

During the meeting, the Scrum team should go over the Scrum meeting agenda. This includes synchronizing activities and planning the work for the following 24 hours. Each team member should state:

  • What they did the previous day
  • What they’re planning to do that day
  • Whether there are any obstacles in their way

The Scrum Master needs to make sure to remove those obstacles or find someone on the team who can do it.

Daily Scrum meeting agenda

By sharing this information, the whole team knows what has been done and what still needs to be worked on. It’s wrong to consider daily standups as feedback sessions where developers report to the Scrum Master and product owner. Instead, these meetings should help the whole team gain more knowledge of their progress and focus on the goal ahead.

Having daily Scrum meetings increases the chances that the development team will meet the sprint goal.

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