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Scrum : The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

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This is the definitive account of the Scrum methodology from its co-creator and the CEO of Scrum, Inc., Jeff Sutherland. Scrum is the revolutionary approach to project management and team building that has helped to transform everything from software companies to the US military to healthcare in major American hospitals. In this major new book its originator, Jeff Sutherland, explains precisely and step by step how it operates - and how it can be made to work for anyone, anywhere. Take the FBI attempt to digitize its records, for example. As with so many software projects the first attempt failed, having taken four years and cost over $400 million. Then the FBI turned to Scrum, and just over a year later unveiled a functioning system that cost less than a tenth of the first project and employed a tenth of the staff. And it's not just grand projects that Scrum can help with. Every organisation, whatever its size, constantly has to come to grips with delivering a product or service on time and on budget. Scrum shows you how. It explains how to define precisely what it is that you are seeking to achieve, how to set up the team to achieve it, and how to monitor progress until the project is successfully completed. Filled with practical examples drawn from all types and organisation it will make you rethink the fundamentals of successful management - and show you how to get things done however everyday or ambitious, however small or large your organisation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 181g
  • Cornerstone
  • RANDOM HOUSE BUSINESS BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847941109
  • 9781847941107
  • 2,942

About Jeff Sutherland

Dr Jeff Sutherland is the creator of Scrum and was a signer of the Agile Manifesto, which marked the start of the Agile movement. A graduate of West Point, he began his career as a fighter pilot in the US Air Force, and went on to join the faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School. Dr. Sutherland has served as VP of Engineering or CTO at 11 software companies, managing the last seven entirely using Scrum, and achieving industry-leading, hyper-productive results. He is currently the CEO of Scrum, Inc., the Chairman of the Scrum Foundation, and Senior Advisor to OpenView Venture Partners, where he is Agile coach for venture-funded companies.show more

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"Full of engaging stories and real-world examples. The project management method known as Scrum may be the most widely deployed productivity tool among high-tech companies. On a mission to put this tool into the hands of the broader business world for the first time, Jeff Sutherland succeeds brilliantly." Eric Ries, New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Startup "Required reading." The Times (Book of the Week) "Engaging, persuasive and extremely practical...Scrum provides a simple framework for solving what seem like intractable and complicated work problems. It's hard to make forward progress when you can't see your impediments clearly. Sutherland offers a lens to remedy that. Amazingly, this book will not only make your life at work and home easier, but also, better and happier." Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage "This book contains immense practical value that could be transformative for your company. If you have a project that requires people to accomplish, your first act should be to read and be guided by Scrum." Stephen Lundin, New York Times bestselling author of Fish: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Performance "Scrum is mandatory reading for any leader, whether they're leading troops on the battlefield or in the marketplace. The challenges of today's world don't permit the luxury of slow, inefficient work. Success requires tremendous speed, enormous productivity, and an unwavering commitment to achieving results. In other words success requires Scrum." General Barry McCaffreyshow more

Back cover copy

THE WAY WE WORK IS WRONG: THIS IS THE SOLUTION. SCRUM is the revolutionary approach to project management and team-building that is transforming the way businesses operate. Already adopted by world-leading organisations including Google, Amazon and the FBI, it has been proven to slash costs and working hours while simultaneously delivering staggering productivity increases of as much as 400–800%! What makes this possible? The fact that Scrum is based on the way people really work, rather than how they think they work. Taking an incremental approach, Scrum reduces team sizes and breaks down projects into short-term goals, allowing constant assessment of progress and an agile, adaptive approach to problem-solving. The improvements in speed and quality of work can be seen almost immediately. For the first time ever, Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland explains how it can be applied universally – information no organisation can afford to be without.show more

Review Text

"Engaging, persuasive and extremely practical...Scrum provides a simple framework for solving what seem like intractable and complicated work problems. It’s hard to make forward progress when you can’t see your impediments clearly. Sutherland offers a lens to remedy that. Amazingly, this book will not only make your life at work and home easier, but also, better and happier."show more
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