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Scrum: Some points about the order of speakers in the Daily Scrum, and others ..

For a meeting that is just a 15 minute meeting (although it happens every day), there is a lot written up about the Daily Scrum; I have also been writing about the Daily Scrum for the past few posts, and will continue about the Daily Scrum in this post as well. For such a simple meeting, there are several items that need to be in place, else it can lead to confusion. The Daily Scrum meeting is supposed to be quick, with each team member just updating the rest of the team with their work since the last meeting, the work proposed to be done till the next meeting, and any impediments they are facing that might prevent them from proceeding, or slow them up.
What this means is that the team members come to the meeting (hopefully as per the established time of the meeting), quickly present their updates to the rest of the team, and the meeting ends in time. But there are some items that need to be discussed related to how the meeting works, and these are not supposed to be something that is dictated by the Scrum Master, since it is the team that is supposed to discuss their processes, and these are fairly simple processes that the team can quickly discuss and accept. These are:
– Who will be the first speaker ? When the team gets into the meeting room, somebody needs to do the first update. You would not want the Scrum Master to point out the first speaker, so it makes sense for the team to decide about who will speak first. Quite a few teams I know have a decision that the last person to get into the room is the first speaker; this also helps in ensuring that people try to get into the room on time, rather than be the last one.
– How will the speaking move from person to person. Once the first speaker has provided an update, how do you get to the next one, and so on. Many teams use a simple process of taking the first speaker, and then moving in either clockwise or counter-clockwise direction for the next speaker till all the team members have provided their update.
However, there are fun ways to do this. There can be a process whereby the team uses something like a small ball or something similar that the first speaker throws to somebody else who becomes the next speaker and so on; or the team can use some cards to decide the order of speaking. There can be a lot of innovative methods that team members can use to decide this simple first speaker and sequence of people. The advantage of doing something like this is that it makes people take some more interest in the Daily Scrum meeting.

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