How To Unleash The Benefit From Daily Scrum (Part 2)

THE TEAM DIDN’T COMMIT TO THE SCHEDULE

Note: please visit the Part 1 article here to get the context.

First thing first, let’s double-check are all team members aware of the schedule? And are all team members have agreed to the schedule?.

If the answer is no, you know what you should do, right?

  1. Make a consensus
  2. Make the consensus explicit (i borrow Kanban practices here, make policies explicit)

If the answer is yes, it’s time to make a regular reflection.

  1. What makes it difficult to follow the agreement/schedule

Please note that you have to put your empathy above everything when conducting the session. Do not put any judgment on your team member. Make the session safe for them to emphasize their difficulties.

I believe the way you solve it must be custom based on the case shared by the team. Meanwhile, I hope these myths of daily scrum didn’t arrive at the answer:

The schedule is too early (morning), so I can’t catch up with the schedule.

Answer: No one said that our daily scrum must be done in the morning. Even the Scrum guide doesn’t say so. Even though there’s some benefit if we do it in the early morning, that doesn’t mean we have to. Daily scrum will only benefit if everyone can contribute to the problem resolution and be aware of the adjusted delivery strategy.

I hate to stand up only for the meeting.

Answer: No one said that our daily scrum must be done in a stand-up position. Even the Scrum guide doesn’t say so. You can do it in sit-down, while having a push-up, sit-up, or in any body position that makes you comfortable.

The event doesn’t make any sense because we always sync every time.

Answer: Wow, it would be even better! We believe some of us don’t have that luxury. It could be because some team members are not working at the same location as the others, the type of work has a considerable risk from context switching, etc. The daily scrum is just how the Scrum framework helps us establish the habit. Once it’s established, we will feel it as the way of working, not a meeting. It becomes the need instead of the ceremonies.

I have so many meetings already, only 15 minutes, and I have to join offline? It doesn’t make any sense.

Answer: Daily scrum doesn’t need offline participation instead of active participation. It means we can do asynchronous communication (such as chat or e-mail) or synchronous communication (such as call) to share the problem, discuss the problem-solving, and do action items generation.

Please refer to my Part 1 article to find out the essential things to be shared during the daily scrum.

This is the end of Part 2. Feel free to put any comments or feedback regarding this article. See you in Part 3!

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