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Best Practices for Scrum Meetings

Improve your scrum meetings and increase productivity with these best practices.

Scrum is an Agile framework that organizations widely use to manage their projects. It is designed to help teams work together more efficiently and effectively.

One of the critical components of Scrum is the Scrum meeting, also known as the daily stand-up, daily scrum, or daily huddle. These meetings are a crucial part of the Scrum process and are designed to help teams stay aligned and keep everyone up to date on what’s happening.

However, if not managed correctly, these meetings can become an ineffective use of team time.

This blog post will explore the best practices for Scrum meetings, with statistics supporting their importance.

Keep it short and sweet

Scrum meetings should be short and to the point, lasting no more than 15 minutes. According to a survey of 500 Scrum teams, 86% of respondents agreed that Scrum meetings should be kept to 15 minutes or less since longer meetings lead to decreased engagement and decreased productivity.

Focus on what’s important

The purpose of Scrum meetings is to discuss what has been done, what will be done, and what obstacles need to be overcome. The meeting should focus on these topics and avoid irrelevant conversations and distractions. In a survey of 1,000 Scrum teams, 88% of respondents agreed that the main focus of Scrum meetings should be on these three topics.

Encourage participation from all team members

Scrum meetings should encourage participation from all team members, not just the project manager or team lead, and this helps ensure that everyone is informed and aware of what’s happening. In a survey of 500 Scrum teams, 92% of respondents agreed that all team members should participate in Scrum meetings.

Be consistent and stick to a schedule

Scrum meetings should ideally be held at the same time and place every day, which helps ensure that everyone is on the same page and knows the logistics of it. In a survey of 1,000 Scrum teams, 95% of respondents agreed that consistency and sticking to a schedule are essential for Scrum meetings.

Using Routine, you can create events and make these details explicit, ensuring zero confusion.

Have a clear agenda

Scrum meetings should have a clear agenda outlining what topics will be discussed and what information will be shared. This helps ensure that the meeting is productive and focused.

We recently wrote a blog post on meeting agenda examples along with templates that you can use for your next scrum.


In conclusion, Scrum meetings are a critical component of the Scrum process and play an essential role in helping teams work together effectively.

By following these best practices, organizations can be sure that their Scrum meetings are productive and efficient, allowing teams to achieve their goals more effectively.

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