The Daily Scrum game
Our Daily Scrum is a status report …
There is a false assumption that Scrum says that you have to answer three questions during the Daily Scrum. This is merely a helping hand when a team is starting. Later on, let them work on their own form of the Daily Scrum. Some teams stand up, some sit down, some use their Sprint Backlog, some don’t, some use a token, some go alphabetically, but all of them should use the Daily Scrum for planning. Unfortunately the three questions in some teams lead into reporting to the Scrum Master or the Product Owner who are present. Don’t let that happen. Here, I’m giving you an exercise that will allow your team to find their way to doing the Daily Scrum their way. I call it the DS Cards (DS from Daily Scrum obviously .
Now, complete a deck. Depending what is the problem during the Daily Scrum you can omit one or more categories or include more of them:
Too much detail or timebox overrun – omit Details
Too little information or Daily Scrum taking two minutes or less – use all of four categories, you can include more Absurds
Discussion is mainly about what I did outside of work – omit Absurds
Some expressions are overused – use more Words Out cards
Team is gloomy – use more Words In
…and so on.
You can distribute the cards during the Daily Scrum or few minutes before, as some of them require a little preparation. If you have an idea for another card go ahead and comment on this post – I’ll include it in the card files.
Let me know how it’s working for you!