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About JJ Sutherland
Previously, he was an award-winning Correspondent, Producer, and Baghdad Bureau Chief for NPR. He covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, and the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. He has won Dupont, Peabody, Edward R. Murrow and Lowell Thomas awards for his work.
In his free time, JJ enjoys cooking complicated recipes, traveling to the four corners of the globe, and gaming. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.
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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 leaders 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% 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 with agility and efficiency. 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 V.P. 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 21st 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.
In J.J. Sutherland's first book, Scrum, written with his father, Jeff, he laid out the Scrum framework used by almost all of today's leading technology companies, based on Agile software development. The book has gone on to sell over 120,000 copies in its print and ebooks editions, and another 95,000 copies as an audio download. Since publication, the Scrum framework has exploded across the corporate world. J.J. and his team at Scrum Inc. have worked with private space companies, global oil and gas firms, banks, medical device manufacturers, and firms on the cutting edge of genetic science.
In the Scrum Fieldbook, J.J. takes leaders, managers, and employees deeper into the specific challenges and opportunities the company has faced in working with major established companies like Toyota, 3M, Schlumberger, and Autodesk. He shows how the simple scrum framework can be successfully applied to any situation, and in every industry, from automobile manufacturers in the USA and Europe, to nonprofits in Africa, from home renovation contractors in Minnesota to gas exploration companies in South America, from building fighter planes to improving the banking industry.
"Repleto de histórias empolgantes e exemplos reais. O método de gerenciamento de projetos conhecido como Scrum deve ser a ferramenta de produtividade mais largamente empregada entre as empresas de alta tecnologia. Jeff Sutherland tem sido brilhantemente bem-sucedido em sua missão de pôr esse recurso nas mãos de mais negócios em todo o mundo." – Eric Ries, autor de A startup enxuta
O mundo vem sofrendo um processo de mudança contínuo cada vez mais acelerado. Para quem acredita que deve haver uma maneira mais eficiente de fazer as coisas, Scrum é um livro instigante sobre o processo de liderança e gestão que está transformando a maneira como vivemos.
Instituições que adotaram o método Scrum já registraram ganhos de produtividade de até 1.200%. É por causa dele que a Amazon pode acrescentar um novo recurso em seu site todos os dias, que o Red River Army Depot, no Texas, consegue lançar utilitários blindados 39 vezes mais rápido e que o FBI finalmente criou um enorme banco de dados de rastreamento de terroristas.
Com base em insights de artes marciais, tomadas de decisão judicial, combate aéreo avançado, robótica e muitas outras disciplinas, o método Scrum é prático e fascinante.
Mas a razão mais importante para ler esse livro é que ele pode ajudar você a alcançar o que os outros consideram inatingível – seja inventando uma tecnologia pioneira, planejando um novo sistema educacional, viabilizando um caminho para ajudar os mais pobres ou mesmo estabelecendo os alicerces para a sua família prosperar.