Agile Ceremonies Demystified – The Daily Stand-Up – Part 2 of 4


  • ATG Project Team
  • Viewpoint
  • April 22, 2013

The Daily Stand-Up is a sync-up between the entire team; this is NOT a status update to a project manager.

Prior to the stand-up, all team members should have updated their stories and tasks on the story board. (Either sticky notes on a wall or whatever software tool is being used to track the project). The team can review the burn-down and see if the sprint is on track or is in jeopardy of missing the targeted velocity. The Scrum Master is responsible for deciding what corrective measures to take to keep the Sprint on track.

In 15 minutes or less, each team member tells the rest of the team:

  • What they completed since the last stand-up
  • What they plan to complete until the next meeting
  • Any impediments, or items standing in their way from completing intended work

Cross-talk is a no-no. Additional discussion can be continued during a “16th minute”, and involve only those who have an interest in that topic. The goal is to share information regularly, but not to waste anyone’s time that doesn’t need to be involved in details that so many times we needlessly get sucked into during a typical status meeting.

Key benefits of the daily stand-up:

  • The team stays in sync with how the project is going

  • This is where the text for your Feature List Item should go. It's best to keep it There is an opportunity for swift course correction if neededand sweet.

  • By consistently committing and delivering, trust is built among team members

  • Action can be taken with those who are consistently unable to make their commitments (not always pleasant, but usually necessary)

KEY CEREMONIES USED IN AN AGILE/SCRUM PROJECT METHODOLOGY

Sprint Planning

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Daily Stand-Up

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Sprint Retrospective

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Sprint Review

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