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Agile Glossary 101: Daily Scrum


What is Daily Scrum?

The Daily Scrum is a time-boxed event of 15 minutes (or less) used to inspect progress toward the Sprint Goal and adapt the Sprint Backlog. The Scrum Team conducts it, and it is a key ingredient of the Scrum framework used to ensure that the team is aligned and working toward the same goals.

Why is Daily Scrum Used?

The purpose of the Daily Scrum is to facilitate progress toward the Sprint Goal by inspecting, adapting, and synchronizing the work of the Scrum Team. It is also used to ensure that all members are on the same page and working together as a cohesive unit.

The Daily Scrum is held each day of the Sprint, typically at the same time and place, to reduce complexity. During the Daily Scrum, each team member quickly answers three questions:

  1. What have I done since the last Daily Scrum?

  2. What will I do between now and the next Daily Scrum?

  3. Are there any impediments in my way?

Benefits of Daily Scrum

The Daily Scrum is a simple yet powerful practice allowing the team to inspect their progress and adapt quickly. Daily check-in allows the team to identify issues and address them promptly and quickly. This helps increase communication between team members and increases transparency around the project.

Daily scrum creates a cadence for the team to report their progress and keeps everyone informed of what is happening. Moreover, it also promotes quick decision-making, which is essential for successful product delivery. The Daily Scrum helps the team to stay focused on their commitments and break down large tasks into smaller ones that can be completed in a shorter time frame.


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