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Facilitation Techniques for the Daily Scrum

About the Daily Scrum

Event Purpose:

Developers inspect progress toward the Sprint Goal. Output of the Daily Scrum is a plan for the next working day 

Facilitator Focus: 

Enable an atmosphere where the team focuses on  delivering quality, commitment (Sprint Goal) and addressing impediments. Avoid status updates. Observe and question when needed. Ensure team focus on the Sprint Goal.
 

How to Facilitate the Daily Scrum

There are many ways to facilitate Daily Scrum. In this Introduction to Facilitating a Daily Scrum, you will learn three different techniques along with the benefits and challenges of each. Your team can experiment with these as they see necessary and choose whichever method helps them best focus on their progress toward the Sprint Goal while producing an actionable plan for the next day of work.

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There are many ways to facilitate Daily Scrum. In this Introduction to Facilitating a Daily Scrum, you will learn three different techniques along with the benefits and challenges of each. Your team can experiment with these as they see necessary and choose whichever method helps them best focus on ...
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Facilitation Techniques for Common Problems

Want to increase focus on the Sprint Goal during the Daily Scrum? 

Try using "powerful questions."

Blog Post
Ideas on how to use Powerful Questions virtually and help teams find their own solutions to persistent problems.
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Blog Post
TL; DR: Designing Powerful Questions with Daniel Stillman Powerful Conversations are the environment that drives change. Learn from Daniel Stillman how designing powerful questions helps you coach, create, connect, and lead from the 35th Hands-on Agile meetup of October 5, 2021. 📺 Watch the vi...
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Want to avoid the Daily Scrum turning into a status update?  

Try a Daily Scrum format that emphasizes the focus on the Sprint Goal. 

Blog Post
Ah, the Daily Scrum, so often misused as an instrument of status (see https://youtu.be/i7_RPceEIYE for a discussion). Often the way the Daily Scrum is conducted lends itself to a report of status. The team answers 3 questions in a round robin fashion. It often sounds like this: What did you do...
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Is the team going into too much detail during the Daily Scrum? 

Try introducing ELMO (Enough, Let's Move On). Participants either say "Elmo" or hold up an Elmo doll to encourage the group to suspend current discussion and move to the next topic.

 

 


Resources:

Learning Series
To keep work moving smoothly, the Developers get together for 15 minutes every day to focus on the Sprint Goal and to plan the upcoming day’s work. During the Daily Scrum, they identify any issues they need help in resolving, ask for help when they need it and adjust the Sprint Backlog, if necessary.
 
 

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