Scrum Rules: The Daily Scrum Occurs at the Same Time Every Day

June 11, 2020
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The Daily Scrum is most effective when it is held at a regular time of day so that all team members can easily remember it, schedule for it, and it becomes a habit for the team which has a positive impact when achieved, and a negative impact when not achieved.

If the team fails to have this important event at a regular time, Team Members will need constant reminding of when it is going to occur, and there is a greater risk that some will arrive late or miss it entirely. Missing the meeting reduces transparency between Team Members. Another minor negative consequence is that if the Daily Scrum is not held at a regular time, then the Sprint Burndown Chart will have an uneven horizontal scale (if measurement is made at the end of the meeting) or it will be more difficult for the Scrum Master to measure the state of the Sprint (if measurement is made at a regular time of day independent of the Daily Scrum).

If the Daily Scrum does not happen at a regular time, a Scrum Master and team should discuss the problem, consider the reasons/conditions which prevent a regular schedule, and find a convenient time they can meet reliably for 15 minutes. These questions will help identify the reasons for any irregularities:

  1. The Daily Scrum should never be longer than 15 minutes. Is yours?
  2. The same people (the Scrum Team) attend the Daily Scrum every day. Is this true of your team?
  3. Ideally, a Scrum Team has its own team room in which all the events of the Sprint occur. Is your Scrum Team having to book meeting space and compete with the schedules of other groups or teams?

The Daily Scrum is held at the same time and place each day to reduce complexity. — The Scrum Guide

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