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 +====== What is the Purpose of a Daily Scrum Meeting? ======
  
 +Many times, people will complain that their Daily Scrum meeting has turned into a status meeting for the Scrum Master, Product Owner or management. They are aware this is a problem since they remember from training that the primary purpose of the Daily Scrum meeting is to "​synchronize"​ the activities of the team, or as Ken Schwaber puts is its "an opportunity for the group to socialize and synchronize."​
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 +Perhaps the best article available to improve your Daily Scrum meeting is [[http://​martinfowler.com/​articles/​itsNotJustStandingUp.html|Jason Yip's "​It'​s Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Stand-up Meetings"​]]. Here Yip begins by being a little more explicit about the goals of a Daily Scrum:
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 +  * To help start the day well
 +  * To support improvement
 +  * To reinforce focus on the right things
 +  * To reinforce the sense of team
 +  * To communicate what is going on
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 +The purpose of the Daily Scrum is summarized by the GIFTS mnemonic:
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 +  * Good start: the meeting should give energy to the team, not take it. Energy comes from instilling a sense of purpose and urgency.
 +  * Improvement:​ exposing problems to allow us to improve. Improvement is also about sharing better techniques and ideas.
 +  * Focus: on moving work through the system in order to achieve our objectives, not encourage pointless activity.
 +  * Team: effective teams are the result of regularly communicating,​ working, and helping each other, as well as over-coming shared obstacles.
 +  * Status: in terms of "how is our work progressing?"​ and "is there anything else the team should know?"
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 +And then there is "​status"​ in terms of transparent reporting on progress using tools such as the Sprint Burn-down. While we are committed to providing this information,​ may also use the information to help during the Daily Scrum, this type of status is a side-effect of a good meeting.
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 +If your Daily Scrum meetings have turned into a status meeting without the benefits of providing a good start, working on improvements,​ focus and the team, then Yip's article is a good source of ideas to work the issue. Step 1 is to decide that you are going to bring back the Daily Scrum to its original purpose.
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 +One final point on the Daily Scrum. The latest edition of the Scrum Guide by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber suggest that the 3 questions used be changed slightly:
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 +  * What did I do yesterday that helped the Team meet the Sprint Goal?
 +  * What will I do today to help the Team meet the Sprint Goal?
 +  * Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Team from meeting the Sprint Goal?
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 +The idea is to remind the team that they are focusing on the Goal they have established.
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 +====== Want to Know More? ======
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 +Another useful resource is [[https://​fishbowl.pastiche.org/​2003/​11/​19/​standup_meeting_antipatterns/​|Miller'​s view of common stand-up meeting anti-patterns]] which also talks about common solutions to these anti-patterns.
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 +And for a little humor on the subject see [[https://​www.youtube.com/​embed/​oLmDe8pAc6I?​cc_load_policy=0&​autoplay=0&​rel=0&​wmode=transparent|Chet Rong - The Worlds Worst Agile Coach on Standups]].
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 +{{tag>​Consultant Tools Team FirstSprint DailyScrum StandUp Ceremony FAQ}}
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 +~~LINKBACK~~
 +~~DISCUSSION~~
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