Daily Scrum Questions

Track your plans and progress, achieve more by aligning goals, and foster happy, productive teams in just minutes each day through Daily Scrum meetings. In this article, we will discuss what a Daily Scrum meeting is, what the Daily Scrum Questions are, and how Jell can help your team.

What is a Daily Scrum?

A daily scrum meeting (also known as daily standup), as described in the Scrum Guide, should be used to check the progress toward the sprint goal and adapt the sprint backlog if necessary. These meetings are usually held daily at the same time.

The intended outcome of a daily scrum is for the team to get an update on completed tasks, what the team is working on towards the sprint goal, and to identify blockers. Besides the intended outcome, a daily standup can improve communication within a team, and cut back on time in other meetings.

What are the 3 Daily Scrum Questions?

For a daily standup, each team member answers these three questions:

1. What did you do yesterday?
2. What will you do today?
3. Are there any impediments in your way?

The first question provides an update of the work completed since the last daily standup meeting. This lets the team know the progress being made towards the sprint goal.

The second question helps analyze the team’s tasks for the day that will contribute towards the sprint goal. It can help identify tasks that do not contribute towards the sprint goal and the team can adjust accordingly.

The third question aims at identifying what blockers team members are running into. The rest of the team can jump in and help remove these blockers.

Using Different Questions

Now, you may be asking yourself if these questions can be changed to accommodate your team’s needs. The answer is that you can of course!

The 2020 Scrum Guide update doesn’t mention any specific questions for the Daily Scrum. If changing the three questions, or removing/adding questions helps the teamwork towards achieving the Sprint Goal, then it’ll only benefit the team if the questions are customized to fit your team’s needs.

For example, Jeff Sutherland, co-author of the Scrum Guide, mentions the “Shock Therapy” paper where only the following questions are asked:

1. Why is the top story not finished already?
2. How can every person on the team help finish it today?

When running your daily scrum with Jell, you can easily change, add or remove questions. When creating a daily standup with Jell, these are the default questions:

1. What did you accomplish yesterday?
2. What are you planning to do today?
3. What challenges stand in your way?

You can keep the default questions and run with it. However, if you want to change them or add additional questions, Jell makes it super easy. We have also seen some teams translate the questions to their native language, so they don’t have to rely on browser translations.

In addition to editing questions, Jell has additional question types. Giving you even more flexibility in customizing your daily scrum questions to fit your team’s needs.

Customize Daily Scrum Questions on Jell

With this amount of customizability, Jell can fit the needs of almost any team.

Manage Multiple Teams

You can run the daily scrum for multiple teams from a single Jell account. You can assign each team a standup with their own set of daily scrum questions. The scrum master for the team can be assigned as the admin of the team should he/she need to make changes to the questions or team settings. This means your Development team’s daily scrum questions can be different from your Marketing team, for example.

Daily Scrum Question Reports

To help stay on top of what your team is working on and the progress being made towards the Sprint Goal, Jell can send you and your team members a daily report of your team’s daily scrum right to your inbox. Reports can help cut time from meetings because you’ll already know what your team has completed and is working on.

Download your team’s daily scrum questions as a CSV file report. You can select the scrum questions you want in the report and for which of your team members.

Export Daily Scrum Questions with Jell

Use Jell for Daily Scrum Meetings

Whether you use the default questions, only two questions, or add additional questions, you can run your daily scrum questions with Jell. With Jell’s flexibility, and its integrations with Slack, Microsoft Teams, and other platforms, you and your team can focus on what matters most.

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