What is Daily Stand-up in Scrum?


One of the features of the scrum development methodology is the daily stand-up or daily scrum meeting. The aim of this short meeting is to get an overview of how the team is progressing.

Characteristics of the daily stand-up

  • The meeting usually takes about 15 minutes and happens at the start of the day
  • Participants are Scrum Master, the Scrum Team and Product Owner
  • The meeting is held with all people standing up so as to not prolong the meeting more than 15 minutes
  • The Scrum Master takes charge of the meeting
  • Each member of the Scrum Team is expected to answer three questions:
    • What did you do yesterday?
    • What will you do today?
    • Are there any blockers or impediments preventing you from doing your work?
  • Each member of the Scrum Team should take no more than 2 to 3 minutes to answer the above questions

The first two questions are about progress, and the last question is about removing any obstacles to progress.

This Agile Training Video covers the following topics

  • What is the purpose of the daily stand-up? When do we have the meeting?
  • Example answers to the three questions: What I did yesterday, what I will do today, what impedes me
  • Organizational impediments and the role of the Scrum Master during Sprint execution.
  • Team self organization during the Sprint. (“The team is utterly self managing.” — Ken Schwaber)
  • Team’s use of the task-board (sometimes mislabeled “Kanban board”) to represent the Sprint Backlog.
  • Example Sprint Tasks.
  • Team’s collective ownership of Product Backlog Items and Sprint Tasks.
  • Less skilled team member as point person of a Sprint Task.
  • Cursory overview of Agile engineering practices: Pair programming, Test-Driven Development (TDD), refactoring, and continuous integration.
  • Should the Product Owner attend the Daily Scrum?
  • Use of the sidebar to stay within the 15-minute time-box.
  • Involving traditional QA people in Agile development.
  • What happens when team members ignore team agreements?

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