And only then, comes the User Stories
The team discusses of the User Stories of the sprint only when all the on-going releases have been taken care of.
But as always, by following the order of the priorities!
Benefits of this daily stand-up format
We can list the following benefits of walking through the board instead of having people take turn:
- Nobody can ignore the board. The team has no way around taking ownership of the board, understanding how it works, making it better, living with it.
- Something that Scrum teams typically encounter problems with, is to stick with the priorities on the board: do not start a low-priority US until the higher-priority US are done. To walk through the board by focusing on the priorities is a superb way to help the team succeed. If anyone is working on a lower-priority US, nobody will be able to ignore it and everyone will have the reflex to challenge it.
- The sprint vision is strengthened; we are all here together to reach this common goal, which can be seen on this board.
- If the Product Owner attends the stand-up, then he’ll walk out of the meeting with a very clear vision of what’s going on. Because the focus will be on the product backlog that he knows and understand, rather than on a story told in no particular order. The stand-up meeting tells the story of the sprint backlog rather than the story of the team members.
- Nothing gets forgotten: we are literally walking through the board from top to bottom. If things are missing, there will be no argument on the fact that it mist be added to the board to share it with everybody in full transparency. The rules of the game are made clear and are enforced by themselves.
Shortcomings of this daily stand-up format
By following this format, you’re at risk of having strong personalities to take over the stand-up meeting, thus leaving no room to the other team members who then could feel wronged.
So it is very important to pay attention to the interactions between team members. Some way to circumvent the issue might be to name a daily stand-up meeting animator, and to make sure that a different team member takes up the animator responsibility at each daily stand-up meeting.
In my experience, we never had to use this kind of trick. The speaking time might not be fairly shared between all team members, but no-one has ever felt wronged or set aside.
The team’s daily goal