Scrum of Scrums
Besides the Daily Scrum, scaled Scrum Teams will want to engage in a Scrum of Scrums, where representatives from the different teams answer the following four questions:
- What has your team done since the last meeting?
- What will your team do before the next meeting?
- What blockers does your team have?
- What blockers are you about to cause for another team?
The Scrum of Scrums should include five to nine people. Each Scrum Team sends one or two representatives, depending on how many teams are working together. Representatives may be the ScrumMaster or development team members who are knowledgeable about the code of interest to the teams engaging in the Scrum of Scrums. The Product Owner (or Product Owners in an environment with a hierarchy of Product Owners) may also take part in identifying dependencies or issues that might impact the priorities in the Product Backlog.
During the Scrum of Scrums, teams discuss future dependencies, commitments to other team members, issues with integration, and other points that impact one another.
The frequency and duration of the Scrum of Scrums meetings should be enough to allow the Scrum Teams to coordinate their work. Projects with higher dependencies or greater collaboration between teams should engage in Scrum of Scrums more often.