Re: Breaking the Ice in Daily Scrums
- Hi Carlton,
yes it was a blanket statement, and of course I do not know your context
(and I respect you also). I just happen to think though that this whole
"bring food" thing that seems to be so popular in Scrum circles is
loaded with old-world think. It is patronizing and assumes an us/them
dynamic: feed the masses... keep them in line. I think we (qua Scrum
Masters) should be finding healthier ways to interact with team members,
ways that are a level or two above satisfying base needs.
Team members bringing food and sharing, well, that's something
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "banshee858" <cnett858@...>
> > > Try bringing food!
> > Have to say I disagree with this too. It is another form of
> > patriarchy, only a tiny step away from command-and-control in the
> > scale of organizational health. besides, the meeting is only
> > fifteen minutes long. No one's gonna talk with a mouthful of food.
> Tobias, I respect you immensely, but I think you are wrong to make
> such a blanket statement. I had a dead, stale Daily Scrum and the day
> I brought food was the day these people loosened up and began to
> buy-in to the whole Scrum process. It also got people to come on time
> since if you were late for your Daily Scrum, the offender had to "pay
> the penalty" of bringing food for the Team the next day.
- I have to say that it surprises me somewhat that there is even such a need for interesting little ploys to get people going at the Scrum meetings. Passing a ball seems reminiscent of kindergarten, and 'bring food' seems a little 'pizza and beer for the game'.
I will probably not many friends by saying this, but ... surely in the IT industry we are dealing with supposedly well educated, intelligent folks who just do not need animal balloons to make their work day interesting. Or are we? There does seem to be a lot of agonising in these parts about how to get people cooperating and cooperative. Is it a feature of IS people that they are so irresponsible, so unprofessional, so difficult to get cooperation from, that (what I see to be ) silly little ploys must be used all the time to hold their attention?
I'm all for the inscribed coffee cups and tee shirts that say "I did it, and survived" sort of nonsense ... but it is harmless nonsense and fun, and does acknowledge a job well done, or a difficult situation overcome. But 'bring food' and 'pass the ball' ... really folks??
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 17:56:25 +0000
Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Re: Breaking the Ice in Daily ScrumsMarco,
I believe that thinking of the scrum master/team relationship as being
akin to a parent/child relationship is very unhealthy. It is
patronizing and rather insulting to look upon, or treat a group of
intelligent, skilled, qualified people as children. Surely there is a
better metaphor to describe this relationship.
--- In scrumdevelopment@ yahoogroups. com, "Marco Milone"
<marco.milone@ ...> wrote:
> Get a ball (or any item which your team would be comfortable with) and
have people pass it to the person they want to hear from, until
everybody has spoken.
> It is quite natural that daily stand-ups begin as
reporting-to- management- like meetings. It takes time for people to learn
to take back their responsibility and sense of ownership, which they
have had to give up previously, by learning to "do what you are asked
> I have found that it also helps to make the team focus on the burndown
chart and have them come up with insights/comments as to how the team is
doing in terms of delivering what they committed to, what blockers have
impacted the velocity, whether someone needs help to finish off a story,
> It also takes effort for management to learn to let go of their thrist
for control and power.
> I always think of it as a parents & children relationship, where the
child slowly grows and learns to take ownership of his own actions, and
the parents learn to let go and provide an encouraging environment for
change to take place in their children. These two are reciprocal, and
one action reinforces the other.
> All the best,
> ____________ _________ _________ __
> From: scrumdevelopment@ yahoogroups. com on behalf of Andrew Burrows
> Sent: Tue 30/10/2007 14:02
> To: scrumdevelopment@ yahoogroups. com
> Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Breaking the Ice in Daily Scrums
> Hi there,
> I'm currently working on my first project using Scrum. One of the
problems I'm encountering is that the daily scrum meetings are fairly
awkward. I have to prompt each person in turn to speak by saying to
them, "so how did everything go with you yesterday and what are you
looking at today?" If I don't do this then we have awkward silence for
a while - nobody will step up and start talking about their sprint
unless I turn to them and ask them to.
> I'm unhappy about this because I want people to feel like they're
accountable to everyone on the team, not to be accountable to me. I
don't want people to be waiting to be prompted to speak about their work
- I want them to be dynamic and discuss things openly.
> The team is very small and everyone's comfortable around each other,
so it's not due to any shyness. It's also true that once conversation
has started people will generally talk freely.
> Has anyone else who's encountered this found a solution for it?
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I would ask the team the same question that you posted to the list.
Either at the daily scrum or at the retrospective.
"Hey, I'm noticing that the daily scrums isn't going as well they
should. Here's what I see. Has anyone else noticed the same thing?"
Try getting a discussion within the team going so that you have
something to refer to during the daily scrums.
On 10/30/07, Andrew Burrows <andy@...> wrote:
> I'm unhappy about this because I want people to feel like they're accountable to everyone on the team, not to be accountable to me. I don't want people to be waiting to be prompted to speak about their work – I want them to be dynamic and discuss things openly.