Recently I was teaching an overview class for new Scrum Masters. I was covering the five important events (meetings) in Scrum and had just introduced the Daily Standup Meeting (DSM), when a learner interrupted with the following question: “Given the cost to people’s work time and the cost to the corporation, do Scrum teams generally feel there is value in the Daily Standup Meeting?” He followed with, “How do you feel about the Daily Standup Meeting?”
A study was conducted at the University of Oslo Norway (V. Stray et al, 1997) to answer the first question. The method of study was a survey of professional software developers. Those conducting the survey received 221 responses from professionals who identified either as a general computer programmer or a web developer. Participation was voluntary, no compensation was given, and controls were placed to prevent the same respondent from answering more than once.