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Category: Scrum Patterns / Scrum Technique Patterns / Daily Scrum Patterns

Anti Pattern:Authority Figure Attends

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Pattern Summary:

  • Someone of authority attends
    • Team Lead
    • Manager
    • Executive
    • Powerful Stakeholder
    • Authoritative Product Owner

Possibly Good For:

  • Rare visits so the authority figure learns about Scrum.
  • Teams who have an authority figure on the Scrum Team.
    • SM should coach that member to not act as their authority role in the Daily Scrum

Possibly Bad For:

  • Pretty much any situation not described in the “Possibly Good For” section
  • Authority figures who don’t realize the effect they have on the team – somewhat akin to the “lab coat effect”

Pattern Details & References:


Pattern Contributors:

  • Charles Bradley

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