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My book review this week is on Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland. Jeff Sutherland is one of the co-creators of Scrum – a software development methodology that is based on the Agile Manifesto. Scrum focuses on cross-functional, self-managing teams; time blocking (called sprints); daily stand-ups; regular customer involvement; and incremental delivery of value. Several key takeaways from the book are:

  • Eliminating waste should be the top priority for every business.
  • Traditionally, management is looking for predictability and control. That results in a lot of planning and paperwork. Scrum tries to give management what it needs through regular check-ins with management and/or the customer.
  • In Scrum, we decide what to do next by looking at the items that will offer the most value. That’s not a bad approach to life.