Amygdala - influencing the daily scrum


If your team has a varying duration of daily stand-ups – read on. Otherwise, this post might not be valuable to you.

Making associations across stimulus modalities is an innate part our natural ability to learn, retain and recall experiences. Deep inside our brain is a trapped area called ‘Amygdala’ (part of the LIMBIC System) which is responsible for the influence of emotional states on sensory inputs. This produces a spectrum of sensory perceptions from apparently identical stimuli e.g. face recognition etc.

Some effective agile coaches help the teams develop this recognition. A simple example is evident when different teams run their daily stand-ups. While one team will be very focused and lean in describing the updates, others struggle to stick to the scope of the discussion and require strong facilitation.

In order to enhance your teams’ – try to help them associate to a visual clue.

  1.      What I completed yesterday?
  2.      What I intend to complete today?
  3.      Are there any barriers?


A colourful notice on the wall stating the three questions to answer helps the team to stimulate their sensory inputs and stay focused.


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