• 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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Customer Reviews

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A 7 hour sales pitch "made for why, not how"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I actually would, it was not a bad book by any stretch and I learned a fair bit. However I feel this book could be quickly cut down by 3 hours.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

This guy is super self-indulgent. I enjoy scrum and I love that he is passionate about his creation, but it's painful.

Which character – as performed by JJ Sutherland – was your favorite?


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- Austin

It was alright

The book had some really good overall concepts, which I have no doubt work very well when implemented. I definitely agree with all that the author spoke on about organizations needing to use a different method and scrum really does sound like a great option. I will likely bring it up in my own place of work.

My issue is that the entire book (except the one-chapter index at the very end) was basically just the author trying to explain scrum's achievements, which I pretty much already understood by reading the book's description (which is why I bought the book in the first place). He gives example after example of organizations that were using an archaic system for years, didn't want to change until they had no choice, then they implemented scrum and all their problems went away. I definitely believe that what the author says is true, but I feel like the entire book was just these same stories over and over again, like he was trying to convince his readers that scrum really does work, as if we still didn't believe him from the first ten times he told us.

I think it's cool how his son read the audio book, though he did come across as a bit arrogant with a touch of mild sarcasm scattered in from time to time.

Overall, I'm not unhappy that I bought/listened to this book, but I'm not crazy about the fact that 90% of the time I spent on it was pretty much pointless.
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- Nicole Nicholas

Book Details

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