Who is required to attend the Daily Scrum?

Last post 02:32 pm March 24, 2014
by Tom Alal
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04:39 am March 18, 2014

Hi All,

Here is a question from 'Practice Assessment: Scrum Open'

Who is required to attend the Daily Scrum?

Available options are :
A) The Development Team.
B)The Scrum team.
C)The Development Team and Scrum Master.
D)The Development Team and Product Owner.
E)The Scrum Master and Product Owner.

As per the result, correct answer is A). but I am not very convinced as Scrum Master is one of the Daily Scrum attendant along with Dev Team. Scrum Master is a facilitator and helps removing impediments to the development team including time boxing of scrum meeting.
Can anyone help me knowing what's the correct answer?

Deepak.

04:56 am March 18, 2014

The Scrum Master is not only a facilitator, but also an agile coach who teaches the team to be self-organizing. There's no need for a Scrum Master to attend a Daily Scrum if he or she is satisfied that the team can proceed by themselves, and without the need for a facilitator to be present.

Of course, if the Scrum Master is also a member of the Development Team, then he or she would be expected to attend in that capacity.

02:32 pm March 24, 2014

Deepak.

Remember, Daily Scrum is a forum where the development team update each other on what piece of task each person is working on and if at all there is something that is holding them back- "Impediment". Therefore, by definition and function, it is logical to conclude that it is only the development team working on the task is required to attend the Daily Scrum. However, if the Scrum Master is also working on a task, then it would be logical for him or her to attend and provide any status. Note, this may as well work the same with the Product Owner. Otherwise, going by the key responsibilities of the Scrum Master and the self-organizing nature of the development team, Scrum Master is technically not required to attend the Daily Scrum meetings. He or She can still effectively fulfil her duty as servant of the development team without attending the Daily Scrum meetings.