- "What have you done since the last Scrum?"
- "What will you do between now and the next Scrum?"
- "What got in your way of doing work?"
"What are you going to work on today?"
It doesn't seem like much of a difference, but it occurred to me that that form of the question results in answers like:
"I'm going to work more on the jump animation."
"I'm going to see if I can get that problem with the PS3 textures fixed."
There is absolutely no commitment in these answers!
I think this cascades to additional non-committal behaviors on team such as not improving task estimate accuracy or not finding ways of improving how processes work (e.g. build times, pipeline cooking times, etc).
The first two questions are meant to reflect a commitment to the team by each person on the team. It's up to the Scrum Master to get the answer to the right question.
The SM should reaffirm this with the team by reminding them in the Scrum:
"What are you committing to finishing for the team by the next time we meet? If you can't meet that commitment there should be something for you to complain about when answering the third question! It's something we all need to know, because we'll succeed or fail as a team."
Failing to meet a daily commitment should put a little bit of pressure on the person who didn't meet their commitment. They'll either get a little better about their estimates or a little bit unsatisfied with anything that slows them down. Just enough to do something about it.