Daily SCRUM meeting rules

The daily scrum meeting is time boxed to 15 minutes regardless of the number of team members.

  • Hold the daily scrum in the same place at the same time every work day. The daily scrum is best held first thing in the day so that the first thing team members do on arriving at work is think of what they did the day before and what they plan to do today.
  • All team members are required to attend. If for some reason a team member cannot attend in person, the absent member must either attend by phone or by having another team member report on the absent members status.
  • Team members must be prompt. The scrum master starts the meeting at the appointed time, ragrdless of who is present. Any member who is late pays Rupees 50 to the scrum master immediately.
  • The scrum master begins the meeting by starting with the person to his or her left and proceeding counter clockwise around the room until everyone has reported.
  • Each team member should respond to three questions only:

1) What have you done since the last daily scrum regarding this project?

2) What will you do between now and the next daily scrum meeting regarding this project?

3) What impedes you from performing your work as effectively as possible?

  • Team members should not digress beyond answering these three questions into issues, designs, discussion of problems, or gossip. The scrum master is responsible for moving the reporting along briskly, from person to person.
  • During the daily scrum, only one person talks at a time. That person is the one who is reporting his / her status. Everone else listens. There is no side conversations.
  • When a team member reports something that is of interest to other team members or needs the assistance of other team members, any team meber can immediately arrange for all interested parties to get together after the daily scrum to set up a meeting.
  • Chickens are not allowed to talk, make observations, make faces or otherwise make their presence in the daily scrum meeting obtrusive.
  • Chickens stand on the periphery of the team so as not to interfere with the meeting
  • If too many chickens attend the meeting, the scrum master can limit attendance so that the meeting can remain orderly and focused.
  • Chickens are not allowed to talk with team members after the meeting for clarification or to provide advice or instructions.
  • Pigs or chickens who cannot or will not conform to the above rules can be excluded from the meeting (chickens) or removed from the team (pigs)

Taken from ‘Agile project management with SCRUM’ by Ken Schwaber


20 thoughts on “Daily SCRUM meeting rules

  1. Consider changing the questions to “What did you *complete* yesterday?” etc. rather than “What have you done…?” This focuses the meeting on results over busyness. I’ve seen many Scrum teams fill the Daily Scrum with so many details about all the things they were busy doing that they never get around to making and following up on commitments to one another, which is the real purpose of the meeting.

  2. If you start with the person to your left, how do you proceed “counter-clockwise”?

    Is everyone standing on the ceiling??

  3. “Chickens are not allowed to talk with team members after the meeting for clarification or to provide advice or instructions.”

    The purpose of scrum is to foster team communication efficiently. The rules for chickens and pigs allow the scrum to be efficient. However, to ban communication *after* the scrum is ridiculous. If I as a team-member bring up a task that I should not be doing or intend to go about doing the wrong way, I fully expect to be corrected after the scrum by whomever.

    Non communication is the key to project failure.

  4. The SCRUM appears to show that folks are busy but it doesn’t tell us if they working on the right things at the right time. I’m interested in how you determine if folks are starting or finishing on time.

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  6. in scrum meeting, can you report as “We” instead of “I”. our lead uses to report the team status and not his specific tasks. so, when our turn, we are just mirroring what he said. or something saying “as he said. nothing to add on.”

    • The very intent of the daily stand up meeting is to update the status of the project to the rest of the team. The very fact that your team lead (scrum master) knows the status before the meeting itself, and him starting with the status update tells me that there is a parallel system running. The best solution is to stop the practice of updating the team lead of the work status before the daily scrum, and do not allow him to give the status update of the project. It becomes easier by replacing the ‘we’ with Í

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  8. Hi
    What metrics can be used to measure progress during a sprint?
    How can the progress be visualised?
    How are the metrics used during and after the sprint?

  9. Chcken: “Let’s start a restaurant.”
    Pig: “Good idea, but what should we call it?”
    Chicken: “How about ‘Ham and Eggs'”
    Pig: “No thanks. I’d be committed, you’d only be involved.”

  10. Nice and concise list!

    I know this is coming in late, but a couple more rules:

    1) No electronic devices are allowed — with two exceptions: a Chicken uses it as a reference to report his Y&T&BI list and only for that reason; or the Scrum Master uses a laptop/tablet and projector to communicate overall status (backlog, burn rate, etc). I.e. Scrum meetings are for communication…and that can’t happen if you’re checking your Facebook wall, emails, or texting someone.

    2) Note-taking shouldn’t happen. If it is, it should only be done by the Scrum Master…and that’s “if-y” at best (I do it as a SM but only if I can do so without being distracting). Some people attend meetings as if they’re court stenographers…sitting at their laptops typing everything everyone said. For one thing, this is a stand-up meeting, so unless you have a tablet with a stylus, that’ll be difficult. Second, it’s not your job to take notes. It’s to listen.

  11. scrums are just another way that managers use to micro manage you. i very rarely see a scrum run the way its supposed to run.

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