The Daily Scrum Book

The Daily Scrum is not a status meeting! Learn how to handle this underestimated Scrum event in the real world.

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About The Book

The Daily Scrum is a so often misunderstood event in Scrum! If applied correctly it boosts productivity, increases business value and makes teams happy. But too many organizations and teams miss out on this. And who could blame them: just reading the Scrum Guide or other common literature will not automatically lead to great Daily Scrums. It takes years of experience and the insight from observing countless teams across the world to know what to look for. This book about “The Daily Scrum” is a compilation of 15 years of hands-on experience with this event across a wide variety of industries. It spares you some of the tedious work of making mistakes and learning over the years. It puts that practical knowledge right into your hands. Start your Daily Scrums at a level usually only achieved after years of practice.

In three broad sections you will gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of the Daily Scrum, learn practical tips how to apply your knowledge in practice and get a helpful guide about how to avoid and fix the most common mistakes.

The brief chapters let you absorb knowledge in tiny chunks between your busy schedule. The hands-on manner let’s you use this book as a workbook in your day-to-day work. Whether you’re a Scrum Master, am agile coach, a CEO or a Development Team member – you will learn to master the Daily Scrum and use its full potential to make your team and your organization more agile.

The Daily Scrum is a core element of good product and project management. But I’ve seen too many teams misunderstanding this meeting and implementing it badly. I want to give you hands-on advice to fix the Daily Scrum and reap all the benefits from this important meeting.

What’s inside

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Real world application

How to do it in practice

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Common pitfalls & fixes

Save time by avoiding common mistakes

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Understand the "why"

Know the purpose of the Daily Scrum

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Based on the Scrum Guide

Fully compatible 

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Real world experience

15 years of hands-on experience inside

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Worth $10,000 & more

Tap into the knowledge of an experienced agile coach

Introduction

The Daily Scrum is a core element of good project and product management. As part of the five events in the Scrum framework, it serves an important purpose for any team wanting to become more productive. If you apply the Daily Scrum correctly, it fosters collaboration and learning, improves planning and agility and helps to continuously improve your processes.

But I’ve seen too many teams misunderstand this meeting and implement it badly. It’s often small mistakes with easy fixes, but you have to know what to look for. Inexperienced teams won’t notice or care about these small mistakes until it is too late. Over time these small issues lead to big problems that can totally derail a Daily Scrum. As a consequence, these teams often become frustrated with their Daily after a while, don’t get any value out of it and in the end abandon the Daily altogether (or keep doing it as a Zombie event).

This book goes beyond a simple description of what the Daily Scrum is. I will talk about experiences from the real world, how to implement the event in practice and what problems the real world will throw at you. By pointing out common misunderstandings & pitfalls, I want to give you hands-on advice to fix the Daily Scrum and reap all the benefits from this important meeting.

 
The status quo

In my many years as an agile coach I have seen the following kind of bad “Daily Scrums” far too often:
First the Scrum Master announces the beginning of the Daily Scrum and everybody gathers around the Scrum wall. Next the Scrum Master asks the first team member: “What did you do yesterday?”. The team member dutifully reports the tasks they completed yesterday. The Scrum Master continues asking the other two common questions “What will you do today?” and “Where do you have problems or need help?”. After the first team member finishes, the Scrum Master asks the next team member the same three questions. Everyone answers the Scrum Master’s questions until the Daily Scrum ends with the Scrum Master closing with the words “Thank you! Let’s get to work now!”.
Does this sound vaguely familiar?

Let me make this clear: this scenario is bad 🚨 ! A Daily Scrum done like this does not serve any purpose in project management — it is a pure waste of time! If your Daily Scrums look like this, then the team will pretty soon view the meeting as a burden and shortly after they will want to skip it or turn it into a “weekly”. And a team loathing the Daily Scrum or a team doing “weeklies” instead of dailies is a huge alarm sign.
To understand, why this is so bad, let’s first look at what the original purpose of the Daily Scrum is. Then I will present tips how to apply the theory of the Daily Scrum in practice. The biggest part of this book will list several common alarm signals that let you spot a bad Daily Scrum early on, combined with fixes how to improve your Daily Scrums and reap all the benefits from this meeting.

 
Outline

In this book I want to give you hands-on advice about the Daily Scrum, so that you can make a difference in your company. This is a not a theory book! The knowledge I’m about to hand to you comes from 20 years in the trenches with big corporations and small companies, with Silicon Valley software startups and European financial institutions, with teams opposing agility and with people embracing an agile culture. The biggest part of this book will be practical knowledge for the real world.

Section 1 will talk about the basics: what is the Daily Scrum and why do we need it? It will build on the official Scrum guide to give you a solid understanding. While you can breeze through most of it, if you’re already familiar with Scrum, you should pay special attention to the chapter on the purpose of the Daily Scrum.

Section 2 will talk about how to put the acquired knowledge into practice. You will see examples of how other teams do their Daily Scrums. And we will talk about how you can do it in your team or company.

Section 3 finally goes into the real world pitfalls. It is a collection of tricky situations I have experienced during my years of coaching – and it presents you with solutions to the most common problems. If you already practice Scrum, this section will be a helpful day to day guide!

The epilogue finally will look at the future of the Daily Scrum and about its cousins in other frameworks and methodologies.

After working through this book you will have a strong understanding of this seemingly small Scrum event and you will have a bag full of tricks to fix the real world challenges connected to doing Daily Scrums. Keep coming back to this book to iron out the kinks in your Dailies and make them ever more efficient and enjoyable. I wish you a lot of fun with this book and all the success in the world with your projects and products!

Pages

The book contains over 40 brief and to the point sections. I don’t want to waste your time while you have to coach a team or transform and entire organization. The knowledge is hands-on and is based on real world scenarios. Visual cues make it easy to jump to what you need. This book serves as a daily workbook for the practitioner.

About the author.

Matthias has 15 years of experience as an agile coach. He has worked in the trenches of Silicon Valley, helped start-ups grow and transformed international corporations into innovative & agile organizations.

His biggest fear: that a lot of teams and companies would miss out on profiting from his vast experience due to his high daily rates and busy schedule. By starting to write books he can finally pass this practical Scrum knowledge on to many more people. It’s his way of giving back to the world which taught him so much over the years. Although books can never replace full coaching, his writing aims to cut through the noise of theoretical half-knowledge and provide valuable hands-on advice for the real world.

Matthias has learned his trade from the Scrum founder himself. He helped transform countless companies from small tech startups to international financial corporations. His vast experience from more than a decade in the trenches of agile transformations is now available in his books.

Matthias Orgler