A Day in the Life of a Scrum Team

Ruth Hadari
Ruth Hadari
Agile Advocate, Engineering Ops Expert
Posted on
Feb 24, 2023
Updated on
Mar 26, 2023
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Welcome to a comprehensive overview of the day-to-day operations of an Agile and successful Scrum team! Scrum is a powerful methodology that enables teams to stay on track and deliver projects with high value. 

In this blog post, we’ll be exploring what goes into a typical workday for a Scrum team, from their daily stand-up meetings to how they communicate and track progress. We'll also examine the impact that embracing Scrum has on productivity, organization, and motivation within the group. 

By the end of this article, you will gain insight into why it is so important for Scrum teams to have good structures in place and make use of effective collaboration tools. So buckle up as we take you through this journey of understanding a day in the life of a Scrum team! 

What Is a Scrum Team?

A Scrum team is a self-organizing and cross-functional team of individuals who work together to deliver projects in an Agile environment. The team consists of the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and development team, each playing an integral role in the success of the project. 

The Product Owner is the primary stakeholder and decision-maker in a Scrum team. They are responsible for representing the interests of their stakeholders and ensuring that the team is producing what they expect to see. 

On any given day, a Product Owner might be collaborating with other members of the team to plan upcoming Sprints, review work already completed, or evaluate whether new features should be added or removed. 

Additionally, they often manage outside conversations with stakeholders to stay up-to-date on user feedback and product requirements. 

The Product Owner's main goal is to ensure that each iteration of development is able to meet their expectations while staying within budget. In order to do this effectively, they must have an intimate understanding of their product as well as any resources available to the team. 

The Scrum Master is a key component of the Scrum team, providing guidance and direction to ensure that the team can work in an efficient, productive manner. The Scrum Master is responsible for helping plan and facilitate meetings, as well as assisting with decision-making processes throughout the day. 

They are also a critical resource in communicating progress between teams and stakeholders. As such, they need to be highly organized and skilled at problem solving. 

Scrum Masters use techniques to coach team members on best practices, resolving disputes between teams, and directing resources towards successful project completion. It’s up to them to make sure everyone on the team is working together effectively so that each Sprint ends with success!

Lastly, the development team is the core of a Scrum project, responsible for producing deliverables and value. The team typically consists of software developers, designers, architects, product owners, and testers who work together to create high-quality products within a specified time frame. 

On a typical day, the development team may collaborate to determine the best course of action for a product, review current development processes, and decide how to adjust them if necessary. They also review code and create user stories that are aligned with the vision of the Product Owner. 

The team then goes into Sprint planning where they discuss objectives and goals for the upcoming Sprint, and plan the best course of action to achieve them. All members collaborate closely to ensure successful delivery, quality assurance and timely release. 

List of All the Things a Scrum Team Does in a Day

The Scrum team is a busy group and they are constantly on the move. Every day, they engage in different activities related to software development, from planning and design to implementation and testing. 

They also conduct Scrum events such as backlog refinement, Sprint planning, Sprint reviews, and retrospective meetings in which all these events are time-boxed events.

Example Day in the Life of a Scrum Master

9 AM: Review the Scrum Board

9:45 AM: Prepare for the Daily Scrum

10 AM: Start of Daily Scrum

11 AM: Alignment meeting

12 PM: Lunch break

1 PM: Meet with the Product Owner

1:30 PM: Prepare for a Backlog Refinement Meeting

2 PM: Hold a Backlog Refinement Meeting

3 PM: Conduct a Team Building Workshop

4 PM: Catch up on emails

5 PM: Update the Scrum Board

Example Day in the Life of a Product Owner

9 AM: Respond to emails

9:45 AM: Prepare for the Daily Scrum

10 AM: Start of Daily Scrum

10:30 AM: Update the Product Backlog

11 AM: Meet with the Dev Team

12 PM: Lunch break

1:30 PM: Prepare for a Backlog Refinement Meeting

1 PM: Meet with the Scrum Master

2 PM: Attend Backlog Refinement Meeting

3 PM: Work on the Product Backlog for the next Sprint

4 PM: Meet with stakeholders

5 PM: Review of the team’s progress

Example Day in the Life of a Dev Team

9 AM: Respond to emails

9:45 AM: Prepare for the Daily Scrum

10 AM: Start of Daily Scrum

11 AM: Meet with Product Owner to review new User Stories

12 PM: Lunch break

1 PM: Work on their User Story

3 PM: Attend Building Workshop from the Scrum Master

4 PM: Meet with the Product Owner and some selected stakeholders

5 PM: Dev Team reviews each other’s progress


What Are 5 Activities for Scrum?

The core activities that make up a typical day for a Scrum team are Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective and Backlog Refinement

What Not to Do in Daily Scrum?

One of the biggest mistakes a Scrum team can make is to not stick with the original purpose of Daily Scrum. A Daily Scrum should not be used as a status meeting, micromanaging tool or planning session.

What Are the Weaknesses of Scrum?

Due to the lack of a definitive end-date, scope creep can easily occur if tasks aren't adequately monitored and managed. Additionally, Scrum requires the cooperation of all members for it to be successful, and if individuals are not highly committed or cooperative then this will lead to project failure.


That was quite a day! Scrum teams have a lot on their plate but together they can get a lot done. Of course, every team is different and every day will be different too. 

But this should give you a general idea of all the things that a Scrum team does in a day.  If you’re interested in finding out more about how Scrum could help your team be more productive, GoRetro is here to help.

About the author

Ruth Hadari
Agile Advocate, Engineering Ops Expert

Highly experienced in leading multi-organizational teams, groups, in-shore as well as off-shore. The go-to person who is able to simplify the complex. An agile advocate, experienced in all common methodologies. Responsible for the entire software development lifecycle process from development, QA, DevOps, Automation to delivery including overall planning, direction, coordination, execution, implementation, control and completion. Drives execution, and communicates on status, risks, metrics, risk-mitigation and processes across R&D.

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