The daily sync (aka daily stand-up or daily scrum) is a team event that occurs....you guessed it...daily! It's a short meeting with a timebox of ~15 minutes and typically facilitated by the scrum master of the team.
The team can select whatever structure and technique they want, as long as it focuses on progress of the work towards the team's goals and produces an actionable plan for the next day of work. This creates focus and improves self-management. A few techniques are outlined below.
The 3 Questions. Each team member answers the following questions:
- What did you accomplish since yesterday?
- What do you plan to accomplish before we meet again?
- Do you have any impediments?
Walk the Board The team reviews of each active item on the board and change flow state or priority accordingly. Work items flow from left to right. Finished work can be demonstrated and can be closed as needed. Any blockers can be identified here, as well.
The daily sync enables the team to coordinate its efforts each day and promotes continually being synchronized.
They improve communications, identify impediments, promote quick decision-making, and consequently eliminate the need for other meetings. It is purposely a short meeting to respect the valuable time of others on the team.
The daily sync is not the only time the team is allowed to adjust their plan. They often meet throughout the day for more detailed discussions about adapting or re-planning.
The daily sync is just one of many ways that a team can be continually synchronized and is one of the many ways we embrace the Concave Culture Code.