Daily Scrum is about a group of humans working out how they will collaborate for a day. It isn’t a status reporting meeting. It’s not for management. It can’t be replaced by electronic status reports. Tools like iDoneThis and the deceased TweetScrum remove the human interaction which is the entire point of the event. If you don’t talk to your peers either Face to Face, Video conference or, at worst, over the phone, then your Daily Scrum is missing most of its value. If your Daily Scrum has become boring, don’t make it electronic, don’t make it Monday, Wednesday, Friday – diagnose the problem. See: It’s Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings and Pathologies of the Daily Scrum.
As recovering Software Developers we all love our tools, however we need to remember: “Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools”, Daily Scrum should be about the former and not the latter.
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Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.