Daily Stand-Up / Scrum Meeting

Although this material may be found in a variety of places on the web, clients have often asked me to provide them write-ups and explanations.  Enclosed is a brief summary of the Daily Stand-Up / Scrum Meeting.


Participants have updated their tasks to reflect new estimates for their work.


15 Minutes (maximum) + time for the “16th Minute”


The purpose of this meeting is for the team to re-synchronize and re-evaluate their progress with each other on a daily basis.  Note: it’s not a status meeting for the ScrumMaster; it is a daily planning meeting for the team, as they are planning their work for the day.

The stand-up is for the team to make sure they still feel they are on-track, synchronize their work with their teammates, re-evaluate work remaining, and identify / raise impediments.

Each participant answers 3 questions:

  1. “What did I get done yesterday?”
  2. “What do I plan on accomplishing today?”
  3. “Do I have any impediments?”

Often because of time zone challenges I suggest changing the questions to:

  1. “What did I get done since the last stand-up?”
  2. “What do I plan on getting done before the next stand-up?”
  3. “Do I have any impediments that I wish to escalate that I require assistance with?”



  • Team
  • ScrumMaster
  • Product Owner (optional, but we feel it’s very helpful if they regularly attend)


  • Anyone


When each participant in attendance has provided their update to the team and the team has reviewed the burn-down chart.

The “16th Minute”

After the Stand-Up concludes, we encourage the participants to stay around and work things out as needed.  It’s also an opportunity for Observers to then ask questions of the team.  Team members that are impacted are identified prior to the beginning of the 16th minute.  Others are free to leave.

For scheduling purposes plan on another 15 minutes, but it is typically less than that.

Standard Scrum Ceremonies / Meetings

  1. Participants in this document refer to individuals critical to the meeting and are allowed to talk during the meeting. 
  2. Observers in this document refer to individuals allowed to observe meetings, but aren’t allowed to talk during the meeting. 

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