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Agile Dailies – Avoid 19 Pitfalls of the Daily Scrum Meeting

Learn to fix inefficient Daily Scrums and use the full potential of the stand-up meeting for your project
Matthias Orgler
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Make your agile team more productive each day and avoid common pitfalls! Reap the benefits of really productive Daily Scrums.
Example: If your team doesn't like the Daily Scrum, it is usually a sign that the Dailies are not valuable. I give you tips to fix it.

The Daily Scrum is an agile ceremony that many teams use to get started with when implementing Scrum. It is one of the most commonly used parts of the Scrum project management framework. Sadly, it’s also often misunderstood and implemented poorly, leading to poor results, a decline in productivity and a general despise for Scrum and agile methods in general.

This course names common pitfalls and gives you actionable methods to avoid them. After this course you will not only know what the Daily Scrum is and why teams around the world use it, but you will also know the most common mistakes and how to avoid them!

Your instructor is an experienced agile coach and Professional Scrum Master. Matthias Orgler has coached many teams worldwide and he knows the mistakes most commonly made by managers, team leads and project managers when performing the Daily Scrum.



Welcome to this course on the Daily Scrum! Get an overview of what to expect in the following lectures.

The Basics

What is the Daily Scrum?

We briefly look at what the Daily Scrum is and how it fits into the project management framework of Scrum.

Why Do We Need the Daily Scrum?

To understand what can go wrong in a Daily Scrum, we first need to know what the purpose of this meeting is in the first place!

19 Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Pitfall #1: Lack of Timeboxing

One of the most common pitfalls, that can quickly derail a Daily Scrum. If your Dailies are longer than 15 minutes, you have a problem! Learn how to fix it.

Pitfall #2: The Degenerated Status Meeting

The Daily Scrum is not a status meeting. Yet many teams unintentionally turn it into one. If you don't take action against it, this will make your Daily Scrum meeting much less effective.

Pitfall #3: The Missing Wall

Not having a war room and being able to refer to tasks on your sprint backlog wall can be a problem. Learn why this is bad and how you can fix it.

Pitfall #4: Sprint Backlog in Software

Managing your sprint backlog in software is a lazy and bad practice. This lecture shows you what can happen and what you can do to make it better.

Pitfall #5: Skipping Questions

Although you can freely chose the structure for your Daily Scrum, the "three questions" are a proven and very common structure. Skipping any of the questions means you're depriving the Daily Scrum of one of its core purposes.

Pitfall #6: Different Time, Different Place

If your Daily Scrum is not at the same time and same place every single day, you will run into problems. Learn why this fixed time and place are important and how you can reap the benefits.

Pitfall #7: Waiting for Latecomers

Are your Dailies starting on time? Most Daily Scrums out there don't – and that is a problem! This lectures shows you what you can do about it.

Pitfall #8: No Scrum Master, No Show

Do you know this: "Leave the team alone and they don't follow the process anymore" – well, that's not how it should be in an agile team. Learn that cultivating flat hierarchies and responsibility to make a team more productive.

Pitfall #9: Forget Impediments

Talking about problems takes courage. It is important that your team has that courage, talks about problems and does something to solve them!

Pitfall #10: A Day Becomes a Week

Some teams try to substitute a weekly meeting for a Daily Scrum. Learn why this is a bad idea.

Pitfall #11: Sitting

The Daily Scrum is a "standup meeting" for a reason! This lecture explains why standing is good and what you can do to encourage your team to follow this good practice.

Pitfall #12: Starting Discussions

Slipping into discussions can quickly derail any meeting – especially such a short meeting as the Daily Scrum. Learn how to detect and solve this problem in this lecture.

Pitfall #13: Expect Content

Not every Daily Scrum has heaps of new progress or plans. Learn to be fine with that.

Pitfall #14: Uninvited Product Owner

There are many myths and jokes about the Product Owner and the Daily Scrum. This lecture busts some of these myths and gives you tools to negotiate between the interests of the Product Owner and the team.

Pitfall #15: Waiting for the Scrum Master

Another sign, that your team isn't really self-organizing and agile is, if they wait for the Scrum Master to start the Daily Scrum! This lecture gives you a few tricks to educate your team towards more agility.

Pitfall #16: Not Talking to Each Other

The Daily Scrum is a meeting for the team to communicate. If the team doesn't communicate in the Daily Scrum, something is wrong. Learn to detect this problem and get tips how to cope with it.

Pitfall #17: Some are Silent

Silent and shy people are often those with the most valuable ideas and insights! Get them to talk to maximize your team's productivity.

Pitfall #18: Losing Sight of the Sprint Goal

Sprint goals and keeping them in focus is a very effective tool to stop being busy and start making progress towards your project goal!

Pitfall #19: Scrum Master Thanks the Team

Often a Scrum Master closes the Daily Scrum meeting by thanking the team. Learn why this is actually bad and what you should do instead.

Closing Words

Thank You!

Download the cheat sheet, print it and have it handy at your next Daily Scrum!

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