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What is a Daily Scrum Meeting?

Posted by Chris Adams

Article Rating // 19697 Views // 3 Additional Answers & Comments

Categories: Business Analysis, Systems Analysis, Agile Methods, SDLC, Process, and Methodologies, Project Management

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The Daily Scrum Meeting, sometimes also called a Daily Standup Meeting, is a brief status meeting where a team (ideally around 6-9 members) meets and updates one another on the work that has been completed and what will be completed next.   It provides an update to the entire team while providing a daily refocus for each team member as they deliver their status.

The daily scrum meeting is led by a Scrum Master.  The scrum master leads the scrum meetings, measures progress, identifies obstacles that are slowing or stopping the progress of work, and makes decisions about how to move forward when necessary. The Scrum Master should be someone who has been given the authority to make immediate decisions whenever possible.

During each meeting the Scrum Master asks each team member 3 questions:

  1. What did you do since the last meeting?
  2. Were there any obstacles that impeded your work?
  3. What will you do before the next meeting?

The Daily Scrum Meeting is ideally held at the same time and place each day for 15-30 minutes.  Standardizing the time and place of the meeting results in increased efficiency by eliminating overhead associated with finding rooms to schedule and team members determining where they should be each day.  It also tends to decrease the number of late arrivals. A primary key to the Daily Scrum Meeting is to keep it short.  Any topics unrelated to the 3 questions asked of each team members should be tabled during the meeting and handled at a later time.

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Sachin Vaiyda posted on Friday, June 12, 2009 7:18 AM
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pmehta0801 posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 1:12 PM
It is 15 min daily standup meeting in which team including PM, QA, Developers and BA meet to discuss the progress of their work.
What you have accomplished after last meeting?
Are there any obstacles and issues?
What needs to be accomplished before next meeting?
hemal posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 10:15 AM
To keep the scrum meeting confined to the stipulated time of 15-30 mins, the scrum master should maintain an issue log that contains a list of all open and closed issues.
At the start of the scrum, the scrum master apprises the team of the issues closed since the previous scrum.
At the end of the meeting, the scrum master summarizes the open issues raise up to the current scrum.
Effective and keeps everyone within the team on the same page.
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