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Scrum: What to do when people do not turn up for the Daily Scrum meeting ?

This is a problem that rarely happens in mature Scrum teams. In my experience (and based on some discussions with other Scrum Masters), the reason for some of the team members to not make it to the Daily Scrum meeting can be manifold, and it is important to distinguish between not turning up for one meeting vs. being a person who is noticed as not turning up for meetings on a regular basis (it can be that the person missed 1 or more meetings on a weekly basis, and when you have only 5 such meetings in a week, that is 20% of the meetings being missed). In this post, I will not talk about people missing the Daily Scrum meeting for some special reason, instead focusing on those members of the Scrum team who miss the meeting on a regular basis, even if they miss the meeting not for one reason, but for different reasons.
Missing the meeting can happen for the person either not regarding the meeting as important and using any excuse to miss the meeting, or being very busy and not being able to attend the meeting (which is also a form of the person putting the meeting at a lower priority than the work that he or she is doing). Let us take the second issue first.
There are times when people are very busy, or deep in some work. This could be a developer who has been working on something critical, and is under a lot of stress; at such times, it is very much possible that the developer might feel that the work that they are doing is a top priority and attending the meeting is not as critical (especially as the meeting itself takes around 15 minutes, and getting there, coming back would take a bit more time and also be disruptive). This is a dangerous phenomenon, since you would start to agree with such a logic; after all, the deadlines and work is pretty important, and maybe the person need not attend the meeting. There are some problems with this approach, most prominently about where you draw the line. Today it is one person, tomorrow it could be another person, and letting one person not attend the meeting because they are busy but asking the others to attend when they are busy can cause friction and irritation in the other team members. Also, the Daily Scrum meeting is one where the team members share updates with each other, and the work of all of them are critical. In addition, there may be dependencies between the team members, and one person not showing up and not sharing these updates with the other team members can cause the others to get delayed or look for other sources of that information.
Now, we also need to deal with the a team member who does not show up using some sort of excuse or the other to not attend the Daily Scrum meeting. In most cases, this is because they do not consider the meeting important or feel that they can do without the meeting (after all, they can get the information even later from the other team members). The Scrum Master could try and apply pressure on the team members to give priority to the Daily Scrum meeting, but it is not recommended. The pressure on this needs to come from the team, or if you have a Scrum coach, it can be the coach who can reason out with the need for the meeting and convince the person to attend. In most cases, unless you have a person who is really convinced that the meeting is of no use, most people realize that the meeting is necessary and important to their work, and the other members of the team also apply pressure on the member to attend, especially if they are not getting the information required to do their work more efficiently.

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