Daily standup meeting and non cooperative team members

GoRetro Team
August 22, 2022
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Firstly, it’s important to make sure all attendees in meetings are engaged and focussed - don’t sit down and lean against a wall, the stand-up meeting is called stand-up for a reason.

Scrum is not a methodology that has a leader, but requires self organization and self management. This means that the best solutions to any issues will come from within the team. These are some ideas that can help the team get to effective solutions:

To avoid too much talking in the meeting:

  • Have the person speaking have to balance on one leg 
  • Have the person speaking hold the scrum "speaking token” in their hands with their arms outstretched when they are speaking.
  • Implement a flip chart that’s used to capture key ideas that can be circled back to later. This will keep the conversation and the meeting going and avoid it getting too entrenched on one single item/aspect of the meeting.

When providing more detail is required: (Is this for the scrum master's benefit or the team's?)

When the meeting has ended, ask the individual more detailed questions. If another team member might be able to help them with their question, point them in the direction of another team member to help them, for example, “Great question, I think that John Doe would be a great person to consult with here, how do you feel about that?

If the team does not listen enough:

  • Approach team members individually to ask how they could be benefitting from scrum more. For example, “Greg, it’s come up that you haven’t been reaping the benefits of scrum, what can we tweak to make it more valuable for you?
  • Ask questions to team mates who come up during the scrum. For example, if George says “I ran a test on Ellie’s code yesterday,” you should ask Ellie, “How did it go? What did you learn?” However, be careful not to use this questioning method too often, as it can prolong the duration of the meeting

This is a tip for the facilitator of the meeting: to encourage a discussion from team-mate to team-mate, don’t position yourself (body posture or gaze) to be involved. Look away when people are talking as if you’re no there - it will help team-mates talk to each other, engaging them more and bringing them into the conversation

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