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Daily Scrum no longer a timeboxed event? Why?

Last post 01:35 pm April 11, 2023 by Ian Mitchell
4 replies
08:01 am April 11, 2023

I am just curious if anyone in the community has also wondered why the Daily Scrum is not explicitly called a timeboxed event in the 2020 Scrum Guide. 

The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute event for the Developers of the Scrum Team. 

Is there any impact as a result of this? Even in the absence of the word timebox, does it imply that it is timeboxed? 

09:42 am April 11, 2023

It's still timeboxed, even though the word isn't explicitly used in the definition. Timeboxing is the allocation of a maximum time to an activity. Since the Daily Scrum has a maximum time of 15 minutes, it is timeboxed.

11:15 am April 11, 2023

Hi Steve,

I had wondered about this when the 2020 guide version came out. Wording changed from "The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute time-boxed event" to "The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute event". Why remove "time-box" from Daily Scrum description?

One distinction with the Daily Scrum, and perhaps why it was simplified to remove "time-box" reference, is that it is the one event that does not change based on Sprint duration. If you have a 3-day Sprint, or a 1-month Sprint, the Daily Scrum is still a 15-minute event. All other events follow the "<Scrum event> is timeboxed to a maximum of <n> hours for a one-month Sprint. For shorter Sprints, the event is usually shorter."

As Thomas states, the Daily Scrum is still time-boxed as defined with "15-minute event". Like other events that is the longest it should take, and it can end early if its purpose has been satisfied.

12:24 pm April 11, 2023

This sentence in the Scrum Guide under the Scrum Master section tells me that the Daily is still timeboxed as it mentions all Scrum events ate timeboxed:

  • Ensuring that all Scrum events take place and are positive, productive, and kept within the timebox.

I recall at the time of the 2020 changes @EricNaiburg asked Ken Schwaber about this, and Ken confirmed the intent of the Daily timebox has not changed regarding this.

01:35 pm April 11, 2023

It's vigorous pruning to remove fluff. Referring to "a 15-minute time-boxed event" is arguably unnecessary verbiage, in so far as "15 minutes" not only confirms the time-box but stipulates what it is.

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