Daily Scrum myth #3 – It needs to be 15m

We need to talk for 15m minutes. No more no less.

I remember this misconception when I was a young scrum master. Never liked it. I was never to associate time with value. You can see my previous posts views on hours worked vs worked hours. So why would the daily be any different?

Time-boxing means that you don’t (shouldn’t) go over the mark. Not that you need to hit the mark if you finish early.

The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute time-boxed event for the Development Team.

scrumguides.org

As Scrum Masters, it is our responsibility to help the communication flow. To make sure the team is not getting bogged down on details. To intervene if need be. But, what if today, unlike other days, we need a bit more time for the daily? Should you stop it at 15m?

My advice, NO. Each day is different from the day before and will be different from the day to come. Inspect and Adapt to the needs of that day. Remember, it’s very important to:

Responding to change over following a plan

agilemanifesto.org

That being said. Make sure that the reason the daily is taking longer is that it is needed, is because it is really needed, for that day. Don’t let it go out into the weeds of detail just because.


How long is your Daily Scrum? Any tips that you picked up along the way?

Cheers,

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