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Agile QuickTip: Conduct your daily scrum in front of the board

Conduct your daily scrum in front of the task board

The daily scrum provides team members an update on exactly what’s happened over the last 24 hours, what has been learned, and what sort of adjustments need to be made over the next 24 hours.

However, have you ever thought about how you’re hosting your scrum, and the team members for whom it may be less effective? As many as 65% of people are visual learners, which means that a purely auditory scrum might well pass them by, or make it a lot harder for them to pinpoint questions they have, or information that is missing from the daily roundup.

One technique that really helps clarify the daily scrum for all participants is to conduct the stand up in front of the team’s task board. This way everyone can physically see the team’s plan at the same time as they are getting updates on it. Team members not only hear what’s happening, they can also see what’s happening.

This has the added benefit of providing more context, more information, and more background. It also better allows your team to notice if something is missing, or if something’s fallen off the plan that should be there.

I hope you enjoyed that Agile QuickTip and found it valuable. If so, be sure to check out the rest of the series. I would love to get your feedback on this tip or any others that I’ve shared, so leave a comment below, or send me a direct message. Also, don’t forget to head to thinklouder.com to see how our training and coaching offerings could help both you, and your agile teams.

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