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The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond, Second Edition by Mitch Lacey

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Chapter 18. The Fourth Question in Scrum

Suppose you are on a team that is both newly formed and new to practicing agile. Your daily scrums appear to be going well, and you are looking forward to your team’s first demo. The big day comes, you get in front of the customer, and then the floor drops out. Your app starts acting in a way that is definitely not as intended—all because of a hidden blocking issue.

You wonder to yourself, “Didn’t we do everything right? Didn’t we ask all the right questions?” The team dusts itself off and gets ready to start the second sprint. How do you ensure that going forward the team uncovers subtle blocking issues in the daily scrum?

Add in the fourth question. To help explain the concept, I’ll start with a story. ...

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