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Daily standup vs. Micro-management

The Daily Scrum is not an update-to-management meeting! From the Scrum Guide (emphasis mine): The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute time-boxed event for the Development Team [...] This optimizes team ...
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Should I cancel the daily scrum if the team has only minor issues to discuss?

If You Aren't Planning Together, You Aren't Working Together The Daily Scrum is not for addressing "issues," minor or not. It's a just-in-time planning meeting for the Developers to ...
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How can a Scrum daily not be a status pull?

The 3 canonical topics are no longer part of the Scrum Guide itself, they were removed in the November 2020 update, because they did indeed allow teams to treat the Daily like a status call. ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Product Owners Are Silent Observers in Daily Stand-Ups In the quoted description, the word participate has the connotation of "taking an active part." The Product Owner should attend, but should not ...
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How can a Scrum daily not be a status pull?

Collaboration at the Daily Scrum Where is the collaboration part? The collaboration is based on the assumption that the Developers are not working in silos, and that they have interdependencies. The ...
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Should a Scrum team formally track daily commitments?

Coordination/Collaboration, Not Formal Task-Tracking While the Scrum Guide used to refer to the stand-up as a commitment meeting, it currently says: The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute time-boxed event ...
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Daily standup vs. Micro-management

If you ask this question, or even if you have troubles answering it, you are likely a victim of dark scrum. A daily scrum meeting, done right, has no micro-management. Terms have power, and dark scrum ...
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What is the purpose of the daily Scrum standup meeting?

There's a difference between a Daily Scrum and a standup meeting. The Daily Scrum is one of the Scrum events and is defined in the Scrum Guide. It is a 15 minute event for the Developers of the Scrum ...
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Alternatives to individual standing up in the "stand-up meeting"?

Hope some of these work for you and you start getting relief – and respect. I'll tell you my experience first and how I made the best of it, and then I have a game plan for you to do first thing ...
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Daily standup vs. Micro-management

In addition to Sarov's excellent answer, there is also the purpose of the meeting. The daily standup is not a management engagement. Neither the Scrum Master nor any other project or senior manager ...
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Should we cancel the Daily Stand-Up if we have another meeting during the day?

Why would you need to? The daily stand-up meeting should only take five to fifteen minutes, depending on the size of the Scrum Team. If it is taking longer than that, then that's a separate issue you ...
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Are the 15 minutes Daily-Scrum timeboxes result of any public investigation?

Sutherland decided to make the meeting at most 15 min long. In his own words: [...] the meeting couldn’t last more than fifteen minutes. We wanted it to be crisp, direct, and to the point. If ...
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Is the Product Owner allowed to be at the Daily Scrum event?

Yes, you absolutely want your PO at the Daily Scrum. First off remember that the Scrum Guide is something like 17 pages and only covers the broadest brush strokes. The product owner is part of the ...
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Are daily stand ups the same for Kanban and Scrum teams?

TL; DR In Scrum, a time-boxed daily stand-up with a structured format is mandated by the framework. If you don't have a daily stand-up, you aren't following the core Scrum methodology. Kanban is ...
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Daily StandUp in a small co-located team

One of the advantages of having such a small team is that, indeed, the people in the team are able to communicate freely throughout the day. A lot of the daily stand-ups might thus often end very ...
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Should I cancel the daily scrum if the team has only minor issues to discuss?

If there are even minor issues - from my experience, it's better to keep it. Issues can be incorrectly investigated, hence, fixplan may be incorrect, hence estimations of the time to fix can be wrong. ...
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Should we cancel the Daily Stand-Up if we have another meeting during the day?

The stand-up in Scrum has a distinct purpose. As do the other meetings defined by Scrum. There is no overlap between their purposes, so having another meeting is not a good reason to cancel the stand-...
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Estimating when my project will be done

Just because you have 150 story points in your backlog now does not mean that work captures the work necessary from your stakeholders' perspectives. Every iteration, you should be evaluating what has ...
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What are the pros and cons of using Daily Standups?

I am a huge fan of daily stand-ups, but there are some disadvantages: Team members can sometimes wait until the stand-up to communicate important information rather than telling the team immediately. ...
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Daily Standup, Demo, Retrospective - Mandatory? How?

There are two parts to the Scrum Master role: Helping the team to resolve impediments Ensuring that Scrum is being followed The second part often gets neglected, but it is very important. If the ...
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Methods to improve daily scrum / standup

You have neglected to say whether your team are face to face or working distributed and communicating via Lync etc so for the sake of this answer I will assume distributed. Stage 1: Basic Discipline ...
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Kanban team engages in technical discussions after daily standup

Your team has opted a good way for the Technical discussions. Following few points should be kept in mind during the discussion and should be monitored: Discussion is not repetitive All the ...
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Is it right for a team lead to force the team to do work in a particular way?

Isn't that all against the idea of a self-organized team? Yes and no. Since the 'team leader' is a member of the Team, his opinion should be taken into account. If any team member's opinion is ...
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I am a brand new scrum master, and my team almost refuses to do the stand-up, what do I do?

I don't think telling people to attend meetings is a great pattern. Explaining to people the benefits of attending & then have them want to attend is a far stronger tactic & more likely to ...
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During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

The struggle with questions about exams is that for many of these, we don't know what the right answer is. I know which I would pick, but I've read the scrum guide multiple times and can assure you ...
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Should I cancel the daily scrum if the team has only minor issues to discuss?

I can offer another reason for not cancelling the daily scrum, even if you don't think there is anything important to discuss. Developers' personalities vary enormously. Some will gladly announce ...
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Alternatives to individual standing up in the "stand-up meeting"?

The reason for a "stand up" is to differentiate it from your normal meeting situation. To keep that non-normal atmosphere, you could get a bar stool and sit down on that during your stand-up. It ...
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Alternatives to individual standing up in the "stand-up meeting"?

Your team mates know that you have this condition, and it is painful to you to stand, so leave the team. It is a basic human behaviour not to harm each other, and clearly they do and cause you pain. ...
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Should a Scrum team formally track daily commitments?

Tracking the daily commitments each team member sounds like micro-management at its best. The exception would be for a very short project, or for a tiger-team trying to solve an emergency. When you ...
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Back-and-forth questions in daily stand-up meeting

If the information is useful to the entire team, the discussion isn't stopping the standup from completing within the timebox, and the standup is achieving its purpose to inspect progress toward the ...
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