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Agile Daily Stand-ups : Traditional vs Reality

Agile daily stand-ups or scrums best practice, and traditionalist views would dictate that daily scrums are purely for co-located teams and are done in person, the problem with the view is that this ideal situation is become less common between dispersed teams, flexible working arrangements such as working from home and the advent of offshoring and outsourcing.

At Online Scrums, we agree that ideally you would have daily communications with your team, and that would be done in a manor that encourages discussion, collaboration and team ownership, however, we are realists about the challenges faced by global teams.

Timezone, cultural and logistical differences can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of your daily scrums and raises some questions for your organisation;

  • How much value is gained by pulling your entire team into a room or call without appropriate data to drive the conversation?
  • How often are your team members late when facing timezone challenges?
  • What would happen to your team if they could submit their reports in their own time?
  • Would it have a negative impact on your team overall?

As a response to the above, we've outlined two suggested scrum approaches that can be adopted with Online Scrums.

Use Online Scrums to drive and supplement your Scheduled Stand-up

Have your team submit their scrum report (My Day) based on your team cut-off and retain your scheduled stand-up, but instead of simply working around the room / conference, use the scrum report to drive the scrum and highlight any sprint risks, blockers and actions.

Use Online Scrums as your Scheduled Stand-up

If connecting in a timely manor is troublesome you can use the scrum report by your team cut-off and then use the collaboration tools to drive discussions and resolution to scrum risks and blockers. It does not matter where your team is located, they can submit their reports and provide the visibility that the business needs to run their sprints successfully and effectively!

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