5 reasons why we have a morning scrum routine

Every morning, our team meets for scrum. No, we do not change into rugby gear, put our arms around each other and shout out game plans – but thanks to our scrum routine, we are kicking goals.

Every morning, our team meets for scrum. 

No, we do not change into rugby gear, put our arms around each other and shout out game plans – but thanks to our scrum routine, we are kicking goals.

Scrums or ‘stand-up meetings’ are a modern take on the traditional meeting, except the meeting is done standing up, and it is quick and to-the-point. Plus, our staff actually enjoy our scrum routine and we have seen a measurable increase in productivity.

Here’s why we have a scrum routine and why it could be a great way for you to kick off the new year, too:

1. It unifies the team

It’s easy for people to become so focussed on the project at hand that they lose sight of the organisation’s big picture. Listening to other teams at scrum puts work into context.

We’ve also found that staff often act as a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ and can contribute significantly to outcomes on projects in which they are not directly involved.

2. It encourages open communication

There are no formal agendas or talking notes at scrum. Anyone can pitch in with a thought or a suggestion. It’s a supportive and collaborative environment that leaves our staff feeling confident, organised and motivated.

Scrum is not a problem-solving forum; it is more of a sounding board. Any problems raised are resolved afterwards.

3. It is quick and to the point

Our staff don’t see scrum as pointless meetings that hold them back from doing actual work.

Our daily stand-up meeting is held first thing every morning and rarely runs for more than 15 minutes.

4. It keeps us productive

At every scrum, our staff members discuss three questions:

  • What did you accomplish since the last meeting?
  • What are you working on today?
  • Is there anything getting in your way or preventing you from completing your tasks?

Sometimes the answers are big picture or have significant consequences (“How can I better stay within budget?”). But we also discuss minor issues and celebrate the small victories (“I cleared my inbox at long last!”)

Whatever the issue, whatever department, the consistent element is collaboration and remaining productive.

5. It builds our company culture

It’s a funny thing about humans – we need interaction with others. Our scrum routine actually facilitates a sense of community and social connection.

We also use the meeting to chat about interests outside of work, like the latest Netflix series we can’t stop watching, how our kids are settling into the new school year, or our excitement about the latest gaming device (at the moment, we’re obsessed with the virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift).