In order to make sure that our projects are implemented on time and on budget we use a range of project management tools. One of the core elements that we use is The Daily Scrum
The daily team meeting is one of the core concepts of Scrum. In the meeting the team members talk about just three things:
What I did yesterday
What am I doing today
What are my impediments
This is the core concept of the scrums to determine what the team is working on and whether they are focussed on the task in hand. Within this ‘scrum’ it will also bring the team together and encourage each member to have their say. The discussions shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes but the project manager should encourage communication and not squash and feedback which could affect the project or any other project.
One area which is up for discussion is who should be involved? Who needs to participate in the scrum? Generally this should be anyone involved or working on the project on a weekly/daily basis. Who should be involved in the discussions? Only people involved in working on the backlog which could be a programmer through to a tester. The other participants should keep their thoughts to themselves until they get a chance to talk to the Scrum Master away from the team.
Generally at the end of the scrum the scrum master will allow time for individuals that are close to the project but not working on the Product backlog to give the team any information that is valuable for the team.
General rule for scrums…... keep them simple fast and open to the team.