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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.
©2014 Jeff Sutherland (P)2014 Random House Audio
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By punkmasta on 08-31-15

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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By Austin on 10-24-15

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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23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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By Zimmy on 03-13-15

Scrum is great but...

Scrum is a great way of working & this book is a must read if you are a project manager or involved in development but one star off for saying "When *I* invented Scrum..." about 60 million times. It smacks of rewriting history & I'm sure others were involved.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

By Kelly on 12-27-14

Brilliant refresher

Brilliant refresher for those who know Scrum well as well as a great introduction. Highly recommended read.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Intorox on 06-06-17

This is about the why not the how

The book is well designed and interesting but what let's me down is that the primary purpose of the book appears to be to convince you why scrum is required. I was convinced before reading the book. I waited and waited for the author to lay out in great detail how to execute scrum. The appendix at the end was a short fifteen minute synopsis of the "how". Disappointing.

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By PEter on 05-26-17

Great for anyone who wants to understand the 'why'

A great book for anyone looking to implement scrum. It provides the 'why' behind the effectiveness of the methodology and the thinking behind it.

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