Scrum Master not required in Daily Scrum
I just took the PSM Open and came across a question "Who are required to attend the Daily Scrum?" I found out that my answer "The development team and scrum master" is incorrect. Based on explanation, only the dev team is required. Scrum master only has to make sure the team they meet. So does it mean the scrum master may call someone from dev team to check they do the daily scrum and if yes, okay job is done. Further, if Scrum master is not required, who will listen and will do something about the impediments of the team?
Need enlightenment. Thank you!
The Scrum Master does not need to be present at the Daily Scrum, though can attend if it is advantageous to do so. He or she is responsible for making sure that this event happens and that the rules are followed.
> So does it mean the scrum master may call someone from
> dev team to check they do the daily scrum and if yes, okay
> job is done
It could mean that. However it would be better if the Scrum Master coached the team to self-organize. A Development Team should be able to hold their Daily Scrum properly and in a timely manner, and without any need for supervision at all.
> who will listen and will do something about the impediments of the team?
If the Scrum Master is not present, the team should be competent to bring issues and impediments to the Scrum Master's attention. They should be able to do this at any time during the Sprint, and not just as a result of holding a Daily Standup event.
Let's remember that the Scrum Master is of course allowed to attend the Daily Scrum, and should do so if that is the best use of his or her time with regard to identifying and removing impediments, and facilitating progress.
Thanks, Ian! The Scrum Master's role on Daily Scrum is clear to me now.
Hi Ian, did this change at some point in time? I did achieve Scrum Master certification years ago, but my brain seems to think that SM presence was required at the Scrum.
@Floris Kleijne you should read the current version of the Scrum Guide that was released in November 2020. It has evolved many times since this post was created created 7 years ago.
However, I do not remember any version of the Scrum Guide where the Daily Scrum required the Scrum Master's attendance. In my memory that event has always been for the Developers to plan their work so there would be no reason for the Scrum Master to be involved.
There are a number of forum discussions on this topic but @Ian Mitchell's explanation still holds true.