Daily Scrum – The Fourth Question

By: Chris Sims

The standard Scrum Stand-up meeting, AKA 'The Daily Scrum', has each participant answering 3 questions:

  • What have you got done since the last stand-up?
  • What do you expect to get done by the next stand-up?
  • What impediments are in your way?

I often recommend a fourth question. Ask the whole team: “How confident are you that we will meet our sprint goal?”
I recommend having the whole team answer using Fist To Five.

My friend Siraj also adds a fourth question, but he is more creative than I, and chooses a different question each day.  Here are some of the questions on his list.  I recommend reading his article: The Fourth Question, to see the rest.

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What surprised you yesterday?
  • Do you think our "slate is clean"?
  • How has your life changed today?



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  1. Posted November 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I like this idea, it sounds like it would help promote a learning culture and a nice team environment!

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