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

Pattern: Close Facilitator

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Pattern Summary:

  • A facilitator (often the Scrum Master) facilitates the meeting very closely.
    • Might give hints to team members to mention something
    • Might coach members closely on what to do, say, or that they need to let the next person talk
    • Might simply just ask insightful questions to the team or its members to “expose the system to itself”

  • Subtle difference between <Close Facilitator > and <Controlling Facilitator> anti pattern.

Possibly Good For:

  • New Scrum Teams
  • Scrum Teams where there is recent significant change in team membership (esp new members who are not familiar with Scrum)
  • Distributed Scrum Teams to keep it moving.
    • See <Talking Stick> pattern (“Toss the Microphone Strategy”) as a likely better alternative.

Possibly Bad For:

  • Most Scrum Teams, so long as they have good Daily Scrums, and no longer need the close facilitation and teaching. The team has such a tight shared understanding of how they run the Daily Scrum, that they don't even really need a formal facilitator any more. This does require some maturity, but since the Daily Scrum is held daily, it shouldn't take more than about 3 sprints or so to learn this practice.

Pattern Details & References:

Pattern Contributors:

  • Charles Bradley

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