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Daily Scrum

Are we on track to achieve our forecasted Sprint Goal?


Definition:  […] for the Development Team to synchronise Development Team activities, create a plan for the next twenty-four hours, and ensure everyone in the team is aligned toward the Sprint Goal (3, pg 31)

Length: 15 minutes

Inputs: Sprint Goal, Sprint Backlog, open impediments, (optional) information radiator

Outcome: Update Sprint Goal, updated Sprint Backlog, updated impediments, (optional) updated information radiator. Optimises the chances of achieving the Sprint Goal.

People: Development Team, (optional) Product Owner, (optional) Scrum Master

Timing and Location: Same place, same time every day to set a routine


The structure is set by the development team.

Common 3 questions (1)

  • What did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
  • What will I do today to help the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
  • Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Development Team from meeting the Sprint Goal?

Daily Scrum Questions (2, page 152)

  • Is anything stuck?
  • If something is stuck, how can we all work together to get this work unstuck?
  • Who needs help?
  • What’s the most important thing we need to accomplish today?
  • How do we increase the odds that the most important things get to done?

Daily Scrum 1-2-4-All Liberating Structure (2, page 155)

  1. Devs spend one minute silently answering ‘What opportunities fo you see for making progress on the team’s sprint goal?’
  2. Devs spend 2 minutes in pairs generating ideas and insights on what they thought about in step 1
  3. Each pair joins with another for 4 minutes to develop the ideas further noticing how their ideas compare to each other
  4. Ask the group ‘What stood out during your conversations?’ and have each group share their idea with the team

Fist of Five voting (2, page 156)

  • Ask the team to express their level of confidence in a statement by voting with the fingers on their hands (1 = Not at all, 3 = need to discuss it more before I agree or disagree, 5 = Totally agree)
  • Example question: ‘How confident are you that we’re on track to meet the sprint goal?’


Standing Up (3, page 33)

  • It is a myth that everyone has to stand up
  • It can be used as a technique to help the meeting not break the 15 minute time-box

Daily Scrum Smells

  • Not a status meeting
  • Not used for detailed discussion and problem resolution


  1. The Scrum Guide
  2. Fixing Your Scrum by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller
  3. Scrum Insights for Practitioners by Hiren Doshi

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