International SCRUM Master Foundation (Scrum Guideline 2020)

Steen Lerche-Jensen

5.3 Daily Scrum

The purpose of the Daily Scrum is to inspect progress toward the Sprint Goal and adapt the Sprint Backlog as necessary, adjusting the upcoming planned work.

  • 15-minute time-boxed event for the development team;
  • Held every day of the sprint, same time and place to reduce complexity;
  • If the Product Owner or Scrum Master are actively working on items in the Sprint Backlog, they participate as Developers
  • Focus on progress toward the Sprint Goal and produces an actionable plan for the next day of work (This creates focus and improves self-management)
  • Daily Scrums improve communications, identify impediments, promote quick decision-making, and consequently eliminate the need for other meetings.

Sometimes, more discussion is needed than 15 minutes. In that case, the development team or some team members can make separate meetings after the daily scrum for detailed discussions, or to adapt or replan the remaining work or part of it.

Daily scrums improve team participation and collaboration, eliminate other meetings, identify and remove impediments to development, track progress by reviewing and updating the burndown chart, synchronize teamwork and improve the development team’s level of knowledge.