The Daily ScrumMaster?

Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can't imagine a better job to have. He is interested in all things agile, or anything new to learn.

Should ScrumMasters ever attend the daily scrum or stand-up meeting? As a guiding principle, agile values self-organizing and self-managing teams, but let’s explore five scenarios where the presence, and perhaps even participation, of a ScrumMaster could be helpful if they adhere to a specific role.

A question has crossed my desk three different times in the last week, which suggests that it is a topic of interest to many others. The question is about the role of a ScrumMaster with regards to the daily scrum or stand-up meeting. There seems to be some confusion about whether ScrumMasters should attend these meetings and, if so, what their role should be. A ScrumMaster could do anything from participate in the meeting to drive it. But should she?

The answer from most professional Scrum organizations and the Scrum manual is “No … well, maybe.” This is not helpful in clarifying the situation, but there are certain attributes of a ScrumMaster that would make attendance mandatory, or at the very least, somewhat desirable. It’s also important to note that there is a difference between “attend” and “participate.” For instance, product owners are allowed to attend the daily scrum, but they aren’t allowed to participate. For that reason, the product owner is not required to attend, though some teams may like it. But let’s …

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