4th Mar, 2020
In Cricket, every player on the ground has so much visibility into what is happening in the game. Like scorecards and expectations from players to achieve the goal. Daily Scrum is something like that. It is like a team huddle.
As the name suggests, Daily Scrum happens every day of the sprint. In the event, the development team inspects their work since the last daily scrum forecasts future work. They plan their work for the next 24 hours. It is a 15-minute timeboxed event focused mainly on inspecting the progress towards Sprint Goal. The team meets every day in the same place and at the same time to avoid misunderstandings and other shortcomings.
The event is kept nimble, and any detailed discussions related to impediments will happen after the daily Scrum. One of the responsibilities of the Scrum Master is to ensure,
- Daily Scrum happens regularly as per cadence
- The team inspects their work and plans for their next day
- Keeping the event in under 15 minutes
While the Scrum Master ensures that the event happens, the Development will remain responsible for conducting the Daily Scrum.
There are different ways to conduct Daily Scrum to keep it exciting and also maximize participation.
Once the Product Owner accepts the work done by the team, one of the team members who were there during the acceptance of the work can announce.
- Work is done and accepted.
- Where are we towards the Sprint goal?
When there is visibility about the progress is available for the team, then every team member knows what is expected out of them. They automatically work towards the team goal. The boardwalk is one of the ways to do Daily Scrum.
In the boardwalk, one of the team members walks to the board and reads what happened since the last sync up.
In Pair update, the developers update what they are working on and along with whom. In a PBI, more than one developer will work at a time and so one can collectively call out what is happening on that item. One person will update the progress on the item, which is in progress, along with the names of people who are working on it.