Scrum at SageSure

Avatar of Philip Myers Philip Myers, Engineering Manager

There are many ceremonies around Agile: sprint planning, daily scrum, sprint review, and sprint retrospective to name a few. Teams usually take Agile and shape it to what fits their culture and team. During the last few months I have observed the majority of our Software teams performing their daily scrum, and have some observations and tips on better practices I want to share with you all.

Some observations

Agile methodology teaches us that the daily scrum is 15 minutes, where each member of the team shares what they did yesterday, what they will do today, and if they have blockers. No more and no less.

This is the methodology, but Agile needs to be flexible to live up to its name and purpose. Now that Software teams have become more hybrid and co-located, the daily scrum can be repetitive and boring, causing team members to lose investment in the meeting. The heart of scrum can remain: a team update and work progress touchpoint, but the format needs to be willing to change.

Better practices

Whichever style you adopt, here are some practices I would encourage.

Further enhancements

Making scrum work for you

In conclusion, the key to successful Scrum implementation is to mix things up and not shy away from trying new approaches. There are some best practices, like sharing your camera, but beyond that each team is unique. Experiment with different meeting styles, themes, and communication methods: be adventurous! After trying something new for a few meetings, gather feedback from the team to assess whether the change is beneficial and should be kept or not desired and should be abandoned. Continuously learning from these experiences will help your team refine its Scrum practices and create a more efficient and productive workflow.

Happy Scrumming!