Purpose of the Daily Scrum
The purpose of the Daily Scrum Event is to inspect progress made towards the Sprint Goal and progress made in the Sprint Backlog, in order to adapt the plan for the rest of the Sprint. The structure and meeting flow of the Daily Scrum is determined by the Development Team, as long as it’s focussed around the progress towards the Sprint Goal.
The time-box for the Daily Scrum is 15 minutes. The Daily Scrum is always conducted at the same place and time, in order to reduce complexity.
The Development Team is the ‘owner’ and sole participant in the Daily Scrum. The Product Owner and Scrum Master may be present, as well as other people outside the Scrum Team. However, the Scrum Master must ensure that nobody interferes with the Daily Scrum, except the Development Team.
During the Daily Scrum, the following is being Inspected:
- Progress towards the Sprint Goal;
- Progress in the Sprint Backlog;
- Impediments preventing the Development Team from meeting the Sprint Goal;
During the Sprint Planning meeting, the following is being Adapted:
- Sprint Backlog;
- Plan for the next 24 hours;
There are many ways for conducting the Daily Scrum. One of these forms is by for example answering ‘the three questions’ (as mentioned in the Scrum Guide). There are however many other forms as well, like discussing progress in the Sprint Backlog starting at the top of the Sprint Backlog and then moving forward to the bottom of the Sprint Backlog, item by item.
In order to help you in getting started with the Sprint Planning Event, I’ve created a ‘Daily Scrum Flowchart’ (see image below). This flowchart offers insights into what a typical Daily Scrum could look like.