We live in a world that is broken. For those who believe
that there must be a more efficient way for people to get
things done, here from Scrum pioneer Jeff Sutherland is a brilliantly
discursive, thought-provoking book about the 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 people 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 percent 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 quickly and efficiently.
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 VP 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 twenty-first
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. Download and start listening now!