Daily Stand-up is the most visible and widely used Agile practice. This Stand-up simulation works quite well with either team, new, that never run the stand-ups before or experienced team, looking to make their stand-ups more productive. For new teams, I normally run “Yes and Story” Improv game before this simulation. This way group gets a fair understanding of team collaboration and what it takes to build upon each other’s work.
I have also run this simulation with few other variations in the script. It helped me highlights more dysfunctions e.g. one team member start explaining way too much detail or one team member showed up late and asking questions about the information that was already shared earlier, or a manager showed up in the stand-up and start questioning the status of the tasks.
Like any other agile game, debriefing or reflecting upon the activity is the most important element. I have listed few questions that will help you facilitate the debriefing section.
15 minutes simulation and reflection could take another 30 minutes
1. DAVE – Skills: Development Yesterday: did pair programming with John. We have finished coding of ORDER TRACKING story. I’ve also investigated the PERFORMANCE SPIKE Today: I have few code reviews pending that I am planning to finish. I’ll call out design review meeting for PRINT STORY and document my finding on PERFORMANCE SPIKE Impediment: I couldn’t get a hold of an Architect to discuss my PERFORMANCE SPIKE results. I’ll try to get a hold of him today 2. SARA – Skills: User Documentation, Organization Communications Yesterday: Created a documentation for ORDER STATUS story Today: I’ll finish and send out the first draft for everyone’s review Impediment: I have no impediment 3. RAMESH – Skills: Database Administration Yesterday: I have created a structure for QUEUE MANAGER table. I will move my task to done Today: I have a plan to upgrade third party component in a test environment. Just so you all know, I’ll be out from 2 to 3 pm for my dentist appointment. Let me know if anyone of you requires any additional help in this Sprint Impediment: None so far 4. MOHAMMAD – Skills: Quality Assurance, Testing, and Automation Yesterday: I finished testing ORDER TRACKING STORY, found one unusual behavior. I have already discussed with Dave, and he asked me to log as a defect. Today: I suppose to continue executing test cases for the same story but the nightly build is failing, so I can’t continue. I need someone to look into this issue. 5. JOHN – Skills: Development Yesterday: I did pair programming with Dave and discussed the issue reported by Mohammad Today: I will check the build problem, most likely it is due to the merge in the last sprint. Once the issue is resolved, I will continue my coding of SEARCH STORY Impediment: I have no impediment STEVE – Scrum Master Thanks, everyone. I would like to give you a quick update on API dependency. I talked to the other development team, and API required for PAYMENT FEATURE will be ready by next week. Dave (Developer), please let me know if you are unable to get hold of the architect by noon. Sara (document specialist), can you also copy me when you send out your first draft. ****
How to run the Simulation
You required a typical size of the scrum team, if you have a large audience, choose few volunteers to take a part in the simulation and rest of the audience can observe and participate in the reflection discussion
I start with the first question and then usually do not follow any particular order. Some of the interesting question you might ask:
How did your simulation go? Did you play multiple times with the same group? Did your variation expose some more dysfunctions? I would love to hear your feedback.
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