Do you have to attend the Daily Scrum?

Why are we even doing the Daily Scrum? Because the Scrum Guide says so, well of course not.

The Daily Scrum is a chance for all team members to synchronise about the current goal, have those conversations that are solved in a few seconds when face-to-face (that can take hours or even days over mail) and make sure everyone believes we're on track.

The agile principle of "individuals and interactions over processes and tools" comes to mind. We're not doing this for the purpose of process, only for the purpose of interacting – and only as long as it brings actual benefit to the team.

Tips for better Daily Scrums

Here's a few tips for having better Daily Scrums:

  1. Stay focused. Don't spend too much time on the scrum, don't veer off into irrelevant discussions, don't talk about items not relevant for achieving the sprint goal. For example no "I'm going to the dentist" or "I had meetings all day yesterday" – neither is relevant.

  2. Be prepared. Know what your status is and who you need to talk to in order to resolve issues.

  3. Listen. It's a meeting for everyone to talk to each other – not for team members to report status to the SM or PO.

  4. Vote with your feet. If you don't get any benefit, don't attend.

Virtual scrums

There's a slew of tools for doing virtual scrums. You might want to look into some of these if your Daily Scrums aren't panning out giving the proper benefit or if you have remote members all over the globe.

Just do a quick search for "standup" in the slack app directory and pick your favourite. We can recommend Geekbot and Standuply, but all of them probably have similar value.

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