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How to Run a Scrum Meeting

Scrum is a framework for implementing the Agile methodology. A central part of Scrum is the daily Scrum meeting.

You can run a Scrum meeting successfully by implementing the following steps: 
  • Have your meetings at the same time and in the same place, every day.
  • Meet face-to-face or require video chat if communicating virtually.
  • Keep them short and to-the-point — these meetings are often only 15 minutes long. 
  • Focus on any updates since the last meeting and the work to be done before the next meeting. 
  • Concentrate on immediate actions and problems that need to be solved. You can address any new ideas, plans, or issues that’ll require more attention later.
To maintain focus during a Scrum meeting, ask the team these three questions:
  • What did you accomplish since we last met?
  • What do you plan to accomplish in the next 24 hours?
  • What issues or problems are you currently facing?
Five more tips for effective Scrum meetings: 
  • Stick to your schedule and agenda — don’t let your meeting go off track
  • Bring up your Scrum board during the meeting so your team can see progress
  • Don’t bring outsiders to the meeting unless necessary
  • Hold it as a stand-up meeting
  • Enforce start and stop times and expect your team to come prepared
Further reading
blog post

Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos

blog post

Fundamentals of the Scrum Methodology

article

The Scrum Guide