If your team has a daily meeting, you for sure have already heard about the 3 questions that you HAVE to always answer. Right?
- What did I do yesterday?
- What am I going to do today?
- Am I blocked with anything?
As good as these questions are, for a status report, that was never the intention behind the daily Scrum. For a Daily Stand-up, well, maybe. You can read more about myth #1 here.
Also, a big problem that I have with these questions is that they focus on individuals. Again, very useful if you are reporting status to a manager and your bonus is on the line, but utterly useless if you are trying to plan the next 24 hours with your colleagues.
So where did these questions come from?
If we look at the scrum guide, there is an example – very important, not mandatory – of 3 questions that you can use to start the conversation.
- What did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
- What will I do today to help the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
- Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Development Team from meeting the Sprint Goal?
Interesting, right? The focus seems to have shifted from a status report to a teammate conversation, trying to inspect and adapt towards the completion of the sprint goal. Maybe the reason is that that is, literally, the goal.
The structure of the meeting is set by the Development Team and can be conducted in different ways if it focuses on progress toward the Sprint Goal.https://scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html#events-daily
I know, I know. We are agile. We adapt the “framework” to our needs. Ok, fair enough, but it needs to provide value. If the only thing you want is to know what your team does, use Jira or a ticketing software. Read the comments on the PR. Check their commits on GIT. But in the end, that means nothing if everyone is not fighting for the same goal.