• by Jeff Sutherland, JJ Sutherland
  • Narrated by JJ Sutherland
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the man who helped invent the red-hot management process known as "Scrum", Scrum unveils what is wrong with the way we currently do work, and how a simple set of principles, applied in exactly the right sequence, can accelerate productivity and quality as much as 1,200 percent.
Scrum (which gets its name from the formation in rugby in which the whole team locks its arms to gain control of the ball) is the reason that Amazon can launch a new feature on its website every day. It's why the Red River Army Depot in Texas was able to roll out armored Humvees 39 times faster than before. It's how the FBI finally created a massive terrorist-tracking database.
The reason for the rapid embrace of Scrum across so many disciplines is simple: organizations that implement Scrum typically double productivity and quality - and sometimes the increase can be as much as 12-fold. But the promise of Scrum as a project management tool extends far beyond business. Much as Atul Gawande did in The Checklist Manifesto, Sutherland shows how this unique approach to problem solving and team optimization has nearly universal application.
At bottom, Scrum is about coming together with your team, looking at what you're doing, and course correcting. It may be the key to solving some of this era's most intractable problems.
Please note: The author has intentionally omitted three consecutive pages of the 256-page print edition from this audiobook.


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Read Me First

I've been an agile developer since, well, before there was a manifesto. I've been Apache Agile, Extreme Programming Agile, and, nowadays, on my team we use Scrum with all the trimmings.

Sutherland's book is helping me gain a new respect for Scrum, and also helping me see some places where our own practice can be improved in small but significant ways.

The book is full of hard advice and riveting anecdotes, including how the FBI uses Scrum to keep us safe, and how Scrum brought us ATMs and prescriptions by mail.

A key theme of the book is that Scrum isn't just for manufacturing or for software, it's for planning and managing any process subject to constraints: Weddings, Black Ops teams, Frontline News Correspondents, Home Improvement Contractors -- you name it!

Best of all: Sutherland's book is totally boss-friendly. If you have, or you are, a manager, CTO, or CEO that doesn't really get what Scrum is about, but would be willing to learn: this is the book to read first.

Or, if you practice Scrum yourself, and think you know it all, trust me, you don't.

Newbie or not, this may be the last Scrum book you ever need to read.
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- Thaddeus

Great book but...

I'm new to audiobooks and my fear of listening to books like this is that I wouldn't be able to scroll to a the appendix and see some of the graphics discussed. It would be really cool if you could get an access code with the audiobook that would give you access to a website that shows the appendix or any other graphic discussed
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- punkmasta

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio