add some recommendations for the daily scrum - using a timer fixed to a holder on the scrum board
Fixing the timer on the scrumboard so that everybody in the team can see the time one is allowed to speak has different advantages:
- the speaker can move cards free hand
- listeners don't get nervous if they think somebody talks too long, they see and know if somebody has the right to speak
- the speaker also can see the time and can speed up etc
I think the aim of having the daily scrum timeboxed but still all people in the team could tell their status is easier to reach if you use such a timer and holder. I have been using different timers, also some that have some fun factor and collected them here: http://pm.stackexchange.com/questions/13991/gamification-competition-fun-and-jokes-in-the-daily-scrum.
The one I like best for ios can be found here: http://yaazone.com/apps/daily-scrum-time-keeper/. There you can also find some background information about such a talking stick.
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Fredrik Wendt commented
Sam, why would this be a good idea in all situations (where Scrum is a good fit)? Does limiting interactions to time and a certain speaking order help collaboration, and allow for self-organisation (around inspecting progress towards the sprint goal, and adapting the sprint backlog in order to adjust for trying to reach that goal)?
I'm very skeptical to this suggestion. I think it's enough "Catholicism" approach to mandate a daily, timeboxed Daily Scrum, and the how to carry it out should be approached with more of a "Buddhist" style. For reference on Catholic and Buddhist: http://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2014/02/04/is-your-company-catholic-or-buddhist-the-art-of-scaling/