The question you always need to ask at any point in a project – Is who is doing what?
Who is on that feature?
Who is on that user story?
Who is working on that bug?
What are they moving onto next?
It’s the toughest question to ask because immediately the person doing the work thinks – “how do you not know what I’m doing?” But they do, and they will because perhaps a few weeks ago you all decided on what was to be worked on, but things have changed since that time (perhaps even if it’s a week) and if YOU are doing things right, you are working on what you deemed the next biggest priority to tackle.
The question being asked is “Who is doing what?” but behind the scenes, the question hidden within there is – “Are you working on the next right thing?” – and the person asking is hoping the answer is “yes”