La perfection est atteinte, non pas lorsqu’il n’y a plus rien à ajouter, mais lorsqu’il n’y a plus rien à retirer.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The daily scrum is one of the 4 ceremonies or meetings that are crucial for Scrum. The main aim of the daily scrum is: will we meet the sprint goal? But always answering the same 3 questions (What did you do yesterday? What are you going to do today? Do you have any impediments?) might be boring after a while and people will not be so enthusiastic anymore, arrive too late or do not show up anymore. This will has an impact on the whole team. If the team finds the daily scrum boring an pointless, there is something amiss on the team. So it is important to make your daily scrum valuable, relevant and fun. It is the team’s daily opportunity to inspect and adapt.
You can reward team members that are always on time and discourage late comers. But it is important that you involve the whole team and reward the whole team if everybody is on time for the complete sprint. The goal is that the team encourages the latecomers to come on time so the whole team is rewarded.
If you want people to be on time, ensure they are warned some minutes in advance. Start the meeting 3 minutes earlier then 9:30.
The above cartoon shows the difference between involvement and commitment. It is sometimes used to define the difference between the product owner (involved) and the team (committed), but if the product owner is not committed your agile project will fail. This creates a barrier between both, so a product owner should be committed and attend the Daily scrum.
The product owner will talk about the product backlog, stakeholders, product strategy … but both should initially limit themselves to the current sprint. The scrum master can talk about solved impediments, spikes, upcoming meetings and tasks for him and the product owner.
Other people may also attend but only for listening. They are just a chicken and not committed to the current sprint. You can give them the opportunity to speak shortly at the end of the daily scrum. If they jeopardize or misuse the daily scrum, tell them with respect off-line. Sometimes you need to protect your team members from disruptions from outsiders. Your team must feel comfortable enough so it has no impact on your daily ceremony.
Embrace change is crucial to Agile so why don’t we apply it for the daily scrum? If you feel team members are getting bored, it is time for you to change gear. Or if obstacles are not mentioned, deferred or not resolved. Or perhaps you are facilitating the daily scrum too closely?
Agility cannot be predicted. Scrum and agility are much more about behaviour than about (following) a new process.