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Oct 29, 2021

This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Hal Hogue and Erica Menendez, colleagues and consultants at AgileThought.


In this episode, they are delivering a Scary Stand Up as a special edition for Halloween. Get ready for a unique, funny, and terrifying show where they are diving deep into how frightening certain aspects of an Agile life can be, from Daily Scrum to Sprint plannings. Dan, Hal, and Erica are sharing valuable examples and giving great tips and suggestions to enhance the daily work and move towards the set goals in an authentic Agile way.


Key Takeaways

Facilitating Daily Scrums can be scary!

When the Scrum Master is leading a meeting people tend to just focus on them.

Understanding the “why” behind the Daily Scrum is crucial.

The Scrum Master needs to give the team space.

Respecting the time box is necessary.

Collaboration needs to take place throughout the day, not only during Scrum meetings.

The Chickens and Pigs metaphor is outdated, stop using it!

There is a danger in using the chickens and pigs metaphor since it creates walls and barriers to collaboration.

It has not been in the Scrum Guide for about a decade.

Instead of too much chattering, a board can be used as a visual tool to help coordinate the plan for the next 24hrs in a Daily Scrum.

Remember that a board cannot replace a conversation.

Scary Sprint Planning! Boooohhhh!

Stop bullying someone for a task that is carried over, it is the whole team’s responsibility in the first place.

The Scrum values should be embodied all the time.

The team is really working towards the Sprint Goal, is not a really big deal if one task is carried over.

Remember to define the Why, the What, and the How.

Being remote makes the work even more challenging.

Sprint Reviews can be horrific!

A short Sprint Review does not mean it is a good one! Are you considering the reason behind it?

Sprint Reviews are great opportunities for feedback, don’t waste them!

What is the Increment like? Where does the team want to go next?

Everybody should be together in a Sprint Review.

Embrace your scary stories, this is how you learn and improve!



Mentioned in this Episode:

Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition, Lyssa Adkins


The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future, JJ Sutherland


The Reengineering Alternative, William Schneider


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