Avoiding Boredom During the Daily Scrum

All too often, a well-meaning Scrum Master voices the following concern:

“People are getting bored in the daily Scrum. We need to do something to keep them interested!”

Before trying to fix something, though, we need to understand its purpose. Let’s go back to the Scrum Guide for a quick definition of the daily Scrum:

“The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute time-boxed event for the Development Team to synchronize activities and create a plan for the next 24 hours.”

Synchronize activities and create a plan: that’s what the Development Team should be doing in the daily Scrum. When the plan is created, the Scrum is over — so how are people hanging around long enough to get bored?

Often, this arises from a misconception of what the daily Scrum is supposed to achieve. Team members are led to believe that this is a “report to management” meeting, where they have to rattle off a detailed account of what they’ve been doing so nobody looks bad. This is a sure sign that the team feels that they are being judged on some standard other than delivery of a good product.

Remember what matters. Make the Scrum about the Development Team; it’s not about pleasing the stakeholders, the Product Owner, bosses, or even the Scrum Master. The daily Scrum exists for the sole purpose of creating a plan for the day — and each day’s plan should move the team toward the Sprint Goal.

 

Is the term “Scrum user group” in danger?

According to Ken Schwaber, the Scrum Alliance folks are trying to trademark the term “Scrum user group”. Now this happened years ago when Mountain Goat Software trademarked the term “Planning Poker”, but then Mike Cohn turned right around and let the public use it for free. It would be good to know what SA’s plans are; can anyone comment? I’d like to think the motivation is benevolent, but I’d also like some reasonable assurance.

Episode 5: Agile Metrics (So now what?)

Part 2 of 2.  So if metrics are a black pit of despair, is there any hope?  Gary scoops us out with his hard-earned wisdom and carries us along on this continuing journey.

Music: Space Fanfare by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Recorded at Improving Enterprises:  http://improvingenterprises.com

Episode 4: Agile Metrics (Where’s my Status?)

Scrum and Villainy is back in 2014, with all-new episodes!

How do you measure progress when you’re Agile? Super Scrum Master and Agile Coach C. Gary McCants waxes eloquent on the benefits and pitfalls of traditional metrics, and suggests a better approach to tracking success.  Part 1 of 2.

Music: Space Fanfare by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Recorded at Improving Enterprises:  http://improvingenterprises.com

Episode 3: Hacking Agile (Everybody’s a Designer)

In this continuation of Episode 2 — neatly bookending Agile 2013 — well-known UX designer Austin Govella shares his unusual perspective on the way we define and/or deify the process. Expect unexpected views, jarring stops, the usual small child in the background, and a bag of questions to take home. Part 2 of 2.

Links:
The Design Age
Agile 2013
Hacking UX (Austin’s session)
Music: Space Fanfare by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Episode 2: Hacking Agile (or What’s the Difference?)

Thanks for waiting; someone will be right with you.

Scrum and Villainy lives! In the long-awaited Episode 2, well-known UX designer Austin Govella shares his unusual perspective on the way we define and/or deify the process. Expect unexpected views, jarring stops, the usual small child in the background, and a bag of questions to take home. Part 1 of 2.

Dedicated to my father, Dominick J. Brunone Jr, who actually *did* work on the Space Shuttle software.

Links:
The Design Age
Agile 2013
Hacking UX (Austin’s session)
Music: Space Fanfare by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Episode 1: Agile Awakenings

It’s finally here!  Special guest Cori Drew describes coming into agility, Git source control as the agile developer’s best friend, toddler project management, and overcoming the fear of technical jargon.  Geek content rating:  5/10.

Links:

Cori’s blog: http://truncatedcodr.wordpress.com/
Lauren Ipsum: http://www.laurenipsum.org/
Music: Space Fanfare by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Recorded at Improving Enterprises:  http://improvingenterprises.com