Scrum Log Jeff Sutherland

Scrum is an Agile development framework that Jeff Sutherland invented at Easel Corporation in 1993. Jeff worked with Ken Schwaber to formalize Scrum at OOPSLA'95. Together, they extended and enhanced Scrum at many software companies and helped write the Agile Manifesto.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Microsoft NE R&D Center 6 Aug: Practical Roadmap to a Great Scrum

Here are the slides for the presentation on "Practical Roadmap to a Great Scrum" given at Microsoft on 6 Aug 2009.

Date: Thursday, August 6th
Time: 6 - 9pm
Where: Microsoft New England R&D Center, 1 memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
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Cost: Free! Food will be provided thanks to our sponsors

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Practical Roadmap to a Great Scrum: How Every Team Can Systematically Achieve Hyperproductivity

Purpose: Share the experience and practical steps from projects that Systematic Software Engineering has used to ensure hyperproductive scrum teams. Systematic is a CMMI Maturity Level 5 company in Denmark that has "systematically" institutionalized Scrum.

Focus: Provide specific tips and tricks to other agile projects on best practices and pitfalls, as Systematic has uncovered them.
Perspective: Jeff Sutherland will - based on his extensive experience and insight - put the above experiences into the perspective of what best practices constitutes a “mature Scrum” and how every team, without exception, can achieve the same level of performance as Systematic.

The overall theme will be presentation of specific experiences from Systematic and suggestions on best practices based upon them as confirmed by other companies who have achieved the same goals as Systematic - more than 4 times the production and quality of equivalent waterfall teams.

Learning outcomes

* You will learn the specific practices to bring a ScrumBut into a Great Scrum, what the typical pitfalls are, and what others have done to address them.
*The focus will be on practices for higher performing teams and less on typical initial problems of adopting agile practices.
*You will also learn which practices are valued by investors whose goal is maximizing revenue through hyperproductive agile teams.


J. Sutherland, C. Jacobson, and K. Johnson, "Scrum and CMMI Level 5: A Magic Potion for Code Warriors!," in Agile 2007, Washington, D.C., 2007.

C. Jakobsen and J. Sutherland, "Scrum and CMMI – Going from Good to Great: are you ready-ready to be done-done?," in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009.


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