10 Daily Scrum Ideas – Different Questions to Ask

What is the Daily Scrum?

The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute daily meeting where we plan for the next 24-hours as a team.

It is attended by the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and members of the Team.  Others are also welcome.

What Questions are Asked?

Did you know that the Scrum Team should decide the format of the meeting?  Although these are suggested questions, they aren’t the only way to run a Daily Scrum.

  1. What did I do yesterday?
  2. What will I do today?
  3. Are there any impediments that would stop me from achieving the sprint goal?

In fact, in sticking to these 3 questions, the Daily Scrum risks becoming a progress update.

Going Beyond the 3 Questions

The essence of the Daily Standup is often lost.

Therefore, it is useful to draw a parallel to the rugby Scrum, which signifies a “reset” of the game.  The Daily Scrum is a Daily Reset, an opportunity for inspecting and adapting as a team on a daily basis.

10 Ideas for the Daily Scrum

A progress update may be useful, although here are some alternative questions to ask:

  1. What’s the best thing we can do today as a team?
  2. How confident are we of achieving our sprint goal?
  3. Looking ahead, are there any risks that we can mitigate now?
  4. What’s a wasteful activity that we could eliminate?
  5. Are we acting on our actions from the previous retrospective?
  6. Shall we “Walk the board” to see if there are clear actions on each story/task?
  7. Are we ready for the next Product Backlog refinement?
  8. Do we have 1-3 sprints “groomed” up and “ready” to go?
  9. How’s everyone feeling? Mad/Glad/Sad?
  10. Are we communicating enough such that noone would feel blocked by skipping the Daily Scrum today?

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