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The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year by Mitch Lacey

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Chapter 17. Running a Productive Daily Standup Meeting

The daily standup meeting, or daily scrum, often does not get the respect it deserves. Done correctly, daily standup meetings keep everyone on the same page for the daily deliverables and moving as one toward the sprint goal. Done poorly, the meeting devolves into a mere status meeting, or worse, a finger-pointing session where people feel they must defend their past actions. Many quickly find they’re spending far too much time talking and not enough time doing. Common obstacles teams run into include the following:

• Should we do a deep dive in the meeting?

• What do we do when people show up late?

• What if one person constantly dominates the meeting?

• We can’t get our meeting done in ...

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