Don’t be a Scrum Zombie

ZombieInspired by the slide “Don’t be Scrum Zombie” from Henrik Kniberg’s Keynote at Scrum Gathering in Cape Town I want to talk a bit about the Daily Scrum. Because IMHO the Daily Scrum is the most underestimated Scrum meeting.

Every Scrum team knows the most famous 3 questions asked at the Daily Scrum:

  • What did you do yesterday?
  • What will you do today?
  • Is anything in your way?

For some teams this meeting is just an annoying duty and because of that the questions are answered passionless. One thing that I observed in the last weeks and month is how the questions are weighted. The first question about the last working day is answered in every detail while the second question is answered quite short and if the third question is answered at all this is only done by stating that there are currently no problems. So the biggest part of the meeting is about talking of the past. The future and the impediments are just ignored. IMHO this is a big problem and should be avoided.

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12 thoughts on “Don’t be a Scrum Zombie”

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  2. It seems like the Daily Scrum is redundant not underestimated. With a well tuned team why would you wait till the daily scrum to get a roadblock removed? Also, the same for anything that is important for the whole team to know about – why wait? It appears to go against the idea of speed and agility. Which turns people into zombies… right?

    1. I whole-heartly agree with your opinion. But on the other hand there are a lot of teams out there, with bad or no communication at all. The Daily Scrum helps them to improve their communication but you’re right, this shouldn’t stop there.

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