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What if the Daily Scrum had a 4th question?

May 15, 2018

As you're probably already aware, the current version of the Scrum Guide indicates that the Daily Scrum consist of the following 3 questions:

 

• What did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?

• What will I do today to help the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?

• Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Development Team from meeting the Sprint Goal?

 

But what if there was a 4th question. What should it be? Are you finding there is something that the 3 questions don't quite cover?

 

What if the 4th question was simply, "Do I need help?". 

 

I know what you're thinking. It's covered by the 3rd question, the question about impediments/roadblocks. But is it?

 

An impediment could be an external force that nobody (not even the organization) has any control over. Also, people generally are reluctant to ask for help.

 

Additionally, asking for help doesn't necessarily mean the individual is stuck. Maybe they underestimated the amount of work they took on and they need someone to pickup a task.

 

Furthermore, incorporating the question into the Daily Scrum would make it more likely for people to ask for help (especially those new to Agile).

 

I wanted to get an expert's opinion on this so I ran it by Jeff Sutherland. He indicated that in the latest Scrum Guide the questions are optional and other questions work as well. Phew!

 

If you could add a 4th question, what would it be?

 

 

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