Teams often run their stand-ups according to all rules and descriptions, but still not reach their Sprint Goal. Why? How can this be avoided? Most probably the teams are not sufficiently focusing on the Sprint Goal.

One solution could be to add a fourth question to the stand-ups:

  • Do you honestly believe we will reach the Sprint Goal?

Mitch Lacey writes:

What is the fourth question in Scrum? Its simplicity is embarrassing, but it is a valuable tool to ensure that the team is on track—especially for new teams. In the daily Scrum meeting, start with the three questions as you normally would:

  • What did I do yesterday?
  • What will I do today?
  • What blocking issues do I have?

Now add the following:

  • What is your confidence, on a scale of one to ten, that the team will accomplish the goal of this Sprint?

That’s it.

via Scrum Alliance -“Four”warned Is ForearmedHow adding a new question to your daily standup can uncover hidden bombshells.