Is your team lacking focus on a project? Are team members disorganized or not getting things done? You might just need daily scrum meetings to keep everyone on track.
What Is a Scrum Meeting?
It is a rugby play whereby the team members join together in a compact formation for the purpose of moving the ball across to the other end of the field.What Does This Have to Do with Meetings?
Basically, the same teamwork principles of a scrum can be applied to ensure results in your project meetings. Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, creators of the popular “Scrum Meeting Method” explain that the main goal of a daily scrum is to make sure that teams stay focused on their main objectives and prevent them from being distracted by less important objectives.
The scrum method involves daily meetings (short ones) that are designed to help members stay on track and get their work done. Scrums focus on workers, not management. Managers can attend the meetings, but they are not allowed to speak. If they have questions or advice, they must be addressed once the meeting is over. According to Schwaber, scrum meetings create honesty, openness and teamwork.
Scrums were originally created for product development teams, but this method can essentially work for any group or team. They allow team members to stay on track, increase productivity, and catch problems or obstacles early. All members are held accountable for their portion of the work because they have to report in at the daily scrum meetings.
Before you Start
Before you can hold your first scrum, you and your team, including management, must decide which projects you need to complete within the next two weeks to a month. At the end of 30 days, your team should have all of the work completed that has been assigned.
• Choose a Leader
• Hold scrums daily in the same location and at the same time
• Scrums should not last longer than 30 minutes
• Each participant answers 3 questions: What did you do since the last scrum? What are going to do before the next scrum? Is there anything getting in the way of doing your work?
• Address any issues other than the three questions
• Do not allow managers to speak
• Your team must have a deliverable after the time period is up
• Start the process again
Thanks to these short and focused meetings, your team can come together, be more productive stay on track and on budget.
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