Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, ISBN-13: 978-0385346450


Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, ISBN-13: 978-0385346450

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  • Publisher: ‎ Crown Currency (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 038534645X
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0385346450

For those who believe that there must be a more agile and efficient way for people to get things done, here is a brilliantly discursive, thought-provoking book about the leadership and management process that is changing the way we live.

In the future, historians may look back on human progress and draw a sharp line designating “before Scrum” and “after Scrum.” Scrum is that ground-breaking.  It already drives most of the world’s top technology companies. And now it’s starting to spread to every domain where leaders wrestle with complex projects.

If you’ve ever been startled by how fast the world is changing, Scrum is one of the reasons why. Productivity gains of as much as 1200% have been recorded, and there’s no more lucid – or compelling – explainer of Scrum and its bright promise than Jeff Sutherland, the man who put together the first Scrum team more than twenty years ago.

The thorny problem Jeff began tackling back then boils down to this: people are spectacularly bad at doing things with agility and efficiency. Best laid plans go up in smoke. Teams often work at cross purposes to each other. And when the pressure rises, unhappiness soars. Drawing on his experience as a West Point-educated fighter pilot, biometrics expert, early innovator of ATM technology, and V.P. of engineering or CTO at eleven different technology companies, Jeff began challenging those dysfunctional realities, looking  for solutions that would have global impact.

In this book you’ll journey to Scrum’s front lines where Jeff’s system of deep accountability, team interaction, and constant iterative improvement is, among other feats, bringing the FBI into the 21st century, perfecting the design of an affordable 140 mile per hour/100 mile per gallon car, helping NPR report fast-moving action in the Middle East, changing the way pharmacists interact with patients, reducing poverty in the Third World, and even helping people plan their weddings and accomplish weekend chores.

Woven with insights from martial arts, judicial decision making, advanced aerial combat, robotics, and many other disciplines, Scrum is consistently riveting. But the most important reason to read this book is that it may just help you achieve what others consider unachievable – whether it be inventing a trailblazing technology, devising a new system of education, pioneering a way to feed the hungry, or, closer to home, a building a foundation for your family to thrive and prosper.

Table of Contents:

Title Page
Chapter One: The Way the World Works Is Broken
Chapter Two: The Origins of Scrum
Chapter Three: Teams
Chapter Four: Time
Chapter Five: Waste Is a Crime
Chapter Six: Plan Reality, Not Fantasy
Chapter Seven: Happiness
Chapter Eight: Priorities
Chapter Nine: Change the World
Appendix: Implementing Scrum—How to Begin

Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of Scrum and a leading expert on how this way of working has evolved to meet the needs of today’s business. The framework he developed in 1993 and formalized in 1995 with Ken Schwaber has since been adopted by the vast majority of software development companies around the world. But Jeff realized that the benefits of Scrum are not limited to software and product development. He has adapted this successful strategy for many other industries including: finance, healthcare, higher education, telecom, energy, non-profits, and all types of hardware companies. As the Founder and Chairman of Scrum Inc., CEO of JVS Management Inc., Chief Scientist of Frequency Research Foundation, and Managing Partner of Tesla Investment Holdings LLC, Jeff sets the vision for success with Scrum, advanced technologies in healthcare, and investment portfolios. He continues tp improve the performance of organizations around the globe and has written extensively on use of the Scrum Framework for accelerated product development in all industries.

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