Source: Collabnet (2011)
Source: Collabnet (2011)

Agile Practice

Daily Scrum

Alternative name(s)

Daily stand up meeting




This is a meeting that is held on a daily basis. The location and time of the meetings are constant. The meeting is usually done in the morning as it creates the platform for the work of the day. The meetings are usually time boxed and last for approximately 15 minutes making it brief but important


The daily meeting is not a platform used for solving of problems of the previous day, rather focus is laid on what was done on the previous day, what will be done today and anything that might hinder the progress of the work to be done subsequently. This enables the team to better understand their current position and ensures that the remaining work is completed. In this meeting, commitments are made by team members to each other. It is mandatory for all team members to attend the daily meetings as a lot of information is disseminated in this meeting

Links to other agile principles or practices

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Interactions among individuals in a team facilitates high performance. In agile, more value is attached to individual interactions rather than tools and processes. Constant collaboration and communication among team members improves team commitment and motivates everyone to give their very best and this lays the foundation for transparency, respect, truth, and trust in agile teams

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

the rate of project success has increased globally in the past decade, this is as a result of individuals embarking on small scale projects to ensure delivery and permits the end user to make feedback available to certify that the software developed is working fine. The agile manifesto aligns itself to this statement where it says that customer involvement in development of software is critical to success

Responding to change over following a plan

for any project team to be successful, it needs to provide goods and services to the satisfaction of the customer involved. For this to be possible, the ability of the team to respond to change is essential because during the development stage of software, it is highly likely that the user requirements may change as the project progresses. Agile employs the feedback from customers to make the necessary changes so that both parties are satisfied at the conclusion

Working software over comprehensive documentation
A major difference between agile and other methodology is the working software. As the agile manifesto discusses, working software is delivered to the customer at certain intervals. This is regularly referred to as done. On a broader level, teams must go beyond a level testing to an overall system testing to ensure that when the work is done, it is to the satisfaction of the end user. The most efficient teams also employ performance testing, customer acceptance testing and integration testing to satisfy all levels of functionality of a product.

Links to PMO knowledge areas (KAs)

Communication Management This is the organized scheduling, executing, monitoring and amendment of all the networks of communication that exist in an organization. In Daily scrum meetings, all teams has daily stand up meetings. In those meetings they share what they have done yesterday, what they are going to do today and what they will do tomorrow. So these meetings are reviews of what they have done and also get feedback on either the job done is as it was defined.

Scope Management. It involves acquiring all necessary information prior to project initiation to ensure that the project team is well aware of the stakeholder requirements

Examples of use outside to IT domain

The recent Scrum Beyond Software conference held in Phoenix during September 2010 explored this topic in great detail in an open space format. Everyone was sharing their experiences using Scrum in different environments including education, marketing, sales, and government. Someone coached a marketing organization towards applying the Scrum framework towards their campaign planning and implementations, and know of at least one sales team actively applying Scrum (and using software project management tooling effectively in doing so).


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