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Fixing your Scrum: The value of stand-ups

Greg Horie
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Hi Ryan & Todd

My team has been following a Scrumban process for a number of years. Not exactly Scrum, but I'm hoping you can still help me with my questions.

Our version of agile initially worked well, but our processes have deteriorated over time as our organization evolved along with our team members. One of the challenges we face is that we have many products under one team and there isn't a lot of shared work, so we find the value of stand-ups to be lacking. As a consequence of various retro discussions, we've reduced the number of stand-ups and even now we still question the value.

How can we improve the value of stand-ups to our team? Should this even be a concern?

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A few questions come to mind:
1. What do your standups look like? How does the conversation go? What questions are asked? What is the outcome of the meeting?
2. If there is not much shared work, how are you all considered a "team"? If you're not working together on things you need to produce, then you're really not much of team. When there is work shared by team members, what does the collaboration on that work look like?

The daily standup meeting is a planning and coordination meeting. If you're not planning and coordinating during the standup, then there's not much value to be had from the meeting, unless there's something else you're not telling us.
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