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Scrum: More senior stakeholders attending the meeting – what does this mean ?

The Daily Scrum meeting is a meeting where the Scrum team members get together to briefly mention 3 things:
– What they did after the previous meeting
– What they are planning to get done before the next meeting
– What are some of the impediments that is stopping them from proceeding
There is a lot more detail about the Daily Scrum meeting, but this post is more about the presence of some senior stakeholders in the Daily Scrum meeting. For example, you might have the Group Head or another such senior stakeholder wanting to attend the Daily Scrum meeting once in a while. For some reason, there is a feeling among people other than the Scrum team members that the Daily Scrum meeting is way for them to get to know the status of the team (and I have experienced this myself, since I have had to push back many times to people that the Daily Scrum meeting is not a status meeting and that people should not be attending the meeting if they want to get a status report).
But there is no clear position on who can attend or not. There is no restriction on the senior stakeholders to attend the Daily Scrum, but it should be clear that the stakeholder has no mandate to speak in the meeting; he can use his ears but not his mouth (although this may have to be conveyed to the senior stakeholder in a more decent manner so to ensure that something like this really happen). What would happen if this was not the case ? There can be a lot of points that come up in the meeting where the senior stakeholder can try to respond or have a quick question, and this can be disturbing to the meeting.
It is also very jarring to the scrum team members if a senior stakeholder starts asking questions directly to the team members, since the team would start responding to the senior stakeholder rather than talking to each other. For example, there could be an impediment that the team raises during the Daily Scrum that the senior stakeholder feels that can be resolved and will jump into the discussion. Such a discussion started by the senior stakeholder will go on for some time, and will break the basic principles of the meeting that it should be brief and the resolution of the impediments should happen after the meeting rather than during the meeting.

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