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Three tips for better daily scrum meetings

By Georg Fasching | agile practice

Feb 19
Daily Scrum Meetings

Learn how to hold a more effective daily planning meetings to make better use of your time

“The more the team offers and asks for help the better they’ll become at working together.” Click To Tweet

Tip 1: Right to left, not left to right

During Daily Scrum meetings, otherwise known as agile stand-up meetings, discuss board items from right to left. It may sound counterintuitive but it helps your team focus on completing open items before starting new ones. While working from right to left, each team member should only talk about;

  1. what they worked on yesterday and how it contributes to the team meeting it’s sprint goal
  2. what they’re working on today and (again) how it will contribute to the end goal
  3. what the blockers are (if any) and what help would they like, or what help can they offer.

Daily Scrum meetings should be no longer than 15-minutes, regardless of team size.

Tip 2: Talk about the risks

Trust is key in the Scrum framework (aka Scrum methodology), so you’ll need to encourage the team to be honest about any risks to the work. For example, requirements for an item may change after going through refinement sessions and planning sessions. By communicating how important this is and finding a solution, you’ll help the team to grow stronger and more resilient.

Tip 3: Offer and ask for help

You may see your team offering and asking for help early on and then gradually decline over time. The key is to encourage this behaviour so that it persists. Why? Because it’s not the sign of a weak team, but a strong one. High performing teams do it constantly as it the reduces risks and strengthens development.

I hope the video and tips above help you to improve Daily Scrum meetings for your team. Refer back to this page whenever you need a refresher. If you have any questions or topics you’d like me to cover, leave a comment below or send me a message through my website. Thanks for reading. See you next time!


About the Author

An agilist since 2010 and in product management since the 90s, Georg Fasching helps leaders and leadership teams embrace their potential.