Daily Scrum as a success driver for product delivery

How many times have you heard the Development team recite the 3 questions every morning and still fail to finish the sprint? . Daily Scrum is an avenue for the team to synchronise and not give status update. And when a team understands the value of the Daily Scrum, it can help drive the sprint’s success. During this session we will introduce participants to some tools to achieve this.

Development teams new to Scrum are introduced to a number of routine meetings that come with the framework. One of these is the Daily Scrum, or often referred to as the Daily Standup or Standup in short - a 15 mins timeboxed meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to synchronize the status of the development team and to do this in a short and focused manner. Sadly, the Daily Scrum becomes more of a status update.

The team answers three questions or similar variance;

  • What did I do yesterday?
  • What will I do today?
  • And any impediment?

But when the focus is on an individual’s performance (which is what the 3 questions are about), the team depends on individual team member to execute the work. Also, Individuals are focused on their own tasks with their own concerns and have little focus on the bigger picture.

However, by varying the questions asked and setting daily achievable goals, the daily scrum could be used to drive the success of the sprint but most importantly, product delivery.

The topic was formulated based on data gathered from working with Development teams (new and mature) over a period of time. I will be sharing data of before and after coaching the team on how to restructure and make their daily scrum productive.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

In this session, we will discuss the cons of the 3 standard questions of daily Scrum and why it is counter-productive for the team. We will explore the many ways for the team to share the progress of the sprint. In addition, we will take a close look at the practical implications of using Daily Scrum as a driver for success.

This learning event is fully interactive, with discussion and questions as needed.

5 min - Opening - Introduction to Daily Scrum. I generally don't do this lecture style, but rather ask questions of the audience i.e. “anyone attend daily scrum”?

10 min – Daily Scrum Anti-patterns. Simulated Daily scrum by the group. Participants on their table will practice answering 3 questions which is typical answered by the Development team i.e. What I did yesterday; what I am doing today; any impediments. I will ask for a volunteer from each table to act as a scrum master and focusing more on process and outputs than on mindset and outcomes.

10 min - Anti-Pattern Mingle - Discuss in groups a time when you have completed the work planned at daily scrum? Or perhaps your team have completed stated task. Does the team naturally surface impediments? I will end this by asking feedback from the attendees to share what they learned during the conversations. This will help pollinate ideas and learning across all attendees.

25-30 min - During this portion of the talk I will show the slides and talk through where I show the statistics I gathered from the development teams I work to improve on the daily scrum and commitment. I will do this by introducing some data and asking questions to draw the thinking of the audience. On the slides, there is importance of daily scrum and how it can be used as a driver for success. I will share with group, teams’ metrics before and after introducing change. Some sample powerful questions which I use with me team is shared with the team

7-10 min - Debrief and Close - We'll spend the last 7-10 minutes debriefing what I shared in the session and having people share learnings and asking questions that they still have about what I shared.

Handouts- List of possible questions for Development team to ask during Daily scrum

Visual- Presentation slides (PPT)

Learning Outcome

You will learn how to use daily scrum to drive the team’s performance

  • You should be able to relate to the effectiveness of the Daily Scrum
  • You will have an understanding of powerful questions to ask in different circumstance / status of the sprint
  • You will walk away understanding why the daily scrum is of one of the most important scrum meetings.

Target Audience

Scrum Team, Managers, Delivery team and anyone interested in product delivery

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participant should have some knowledge of scrum artefacts and values

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