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Scrum

The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
Narrated by: J.J. Sutherland
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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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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Super ! Très complet!

Un livre très complet. J’ai particulièrement aimé les explications. #Audible1 Accessible par un non initié!

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A life-changing book hampered by an unhappy narrator

Don’t get me wrong - this is a book that has the potential to change the world. You should read it, and we should all start doing agile Scrum. It is my goal to do so! Listening to this book back-to-back with Turn the Ship Around by L David Marquette, I was very disappointed that Audible allowed J.J. Sutherland to narrate this amazing book that he and his dad wrote together. For your retrospective guys- I think J.J.’s experience of war made him come across as a “hurried jerk.” I wish there was a nicer way to say that, because I’m sure J.J.’s tone fit perfectly for a war correspondent, and he’s probably an amazing guy in person- it just didn’t come across in the reading of this book. I hope they get someone like Marquette - who conveys an energized and positive tone- to read the next edition. Anyway, as I said to begin with- you should definitely pick up a physical copy of this book and get inspired about going agile with Scrum. I’ve already started implementing it! Thank you for writing this awesome book J.J. and Jeff!

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  • Sam
  • 2020-03-16

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Great book I highly recommend it. It came recommended by some fo coworkers as we were implementing the methodology. Its great I went through it twice

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Re-reading it. Will buy the hard copy

Enjoyed that claims are backed by scientific research, not just blah-blah. Interesting stories from real companies. Actionable and practical insights!

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Extremely useful

Loved it! everyone who starts using scrum should read this book first. The book explains all the basics is scrum and why they are important.

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  • 2019-02-23

Pep talk for setting up scrum/agile Toyota way

Not really much detail, more of a sales pitch for the benefits of a transparent company. Seems to take credit for a lot of things, including solving proverty and Egypt's uprising. General argument was Project A was successful was because they used scrum, project b failed because they didn't. Some ideas would hardly fly such as sharing everyone's salary. Book pitches the idea of putting out a working product, which works for rapid development or prototyping, but how will that work for say building a house. Cant keep changing every sprint. Need a fixed schedule. Only will work for things that require investigation, such as when Git by Linus was created. Ideas include using sticky notes as a to do list of sorts, where everyone can see. There's is better technology out there. Liked the idea of 15 minute stand up meeting to make sure everyone is focused on the project. But it's hardly original. The takeaway, don't let people go out on their own planning without sharing. Everyone needs to know everyone's work. Might work in a software company, not sure about construction industry. or a company where management wants their employees to know little as possible.

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Inspirational

Loved it and look forward to listening to it again after trying to apply it's practical principles.

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ironically it's a waste of time

the author spent 95% of the book talking about other stories that have nothing to do with the subject.

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Scrum basics

Good book to give you the basics. It did start off slow and the first hour seemed like it just focused on selling the idea. But, after that it was good.

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Incredible

I see this being one of the most impactful books for our team and organization.

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  • punkmasta
  • 2015-08-31

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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  • Nicole Nicholas
  • 2015-09-23

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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  • Martin
  • 2015-07-12

When All You Have Got Is A Hammer ......

I needed a quick introduction to scrum and decided to go to the source based on the reviews. I was ultimately disappointed with the audiobook. There is way too much proselytizing and self-congratulating going on in it for my taste. I just wanted him to cut to the chase and explain the method. As another reviewer mentions, he also seems to have fallen into the trap that he has found a panacea for all the world's ills. The author follows a trend very common in technology writing of using lots of testosterone driven analogies and metaphors. Even though he is all for diversity in teams his language would be a major turn-off for a significant percentage of the population. It does eventually cover the ground but I would have preferred a shorter book by someone else that ditched the evangelical zeal.

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  • Austin
  • 2015-10-24

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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  • Luis Neria-Govea
  • 2015-01-14

Gives a justification for pursuing scrum

The book focuses on the reasons and benefits of using scrum but does not go into the details of how to use scrum.

Very useful if, like me, you are new to the concept. The only complaint I have is that the author overstates his case and goes so far as to present scrum as the solution to all of he worlds problems. That was a little bit silly.

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  • Jesse
  • 2015-01-13

Sold scrum well

The book definitely sold the methodology well but you certainly don't come out of it knowing how to do the methodology. This book is more about the why then the how.

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  • Bogumil
  • 2017-10-02

Worst book!

I boughts this book to learn about Scrum, what I got is hours of advertisements about Scrum but not much about it. Well there is an appendix at the end that is supposed to be an introduction. Other than that, go to their web page and pay for the course, here you pay for the ad.

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  • naturalpaleofamily
  • 2015-01-22

Excellent

This was an amazing book to listen to. it was very clear on what scrum is, how it came about, and how to properly implement it. The numerous real world examples really helped solidify the teachings.

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  • Ted Husted
  • 2014-11-28

Read Me First

I've been an agile developer since, well, before there was a manifesto. I've been Apache Agile, Extreme Programming Agile, and, nowadays, on my team we use Scrum with all the trimmings.

Sutherland's book is helping me gain a new respect for Scrum, and also helping me see some places where our own practice can be improved in small but significant ways.

The book is full of hard advice and riveting anecdotes, including how the FBI uses Scrum to keep us safe, and how Scrum brought us ATMs and prescriptions by mail.

A key theme of the book is that Scrum isn't just for manufacturing or for software, it's for planning and managing any process subject to constraints: Weddings, Black Ops teams, Frontline News Correspondents, Home Improvement Contractors -- you name it!

Best of all: Sutherland's book is totally boss-friendly. If you have, or you are, a manager, CTO, or CEO that doesn't really get what Scrum is about, but would be willing to learn: this is the book to read first.

Or, if you practice Scrum yourself, and think you know it all, trust me, you don't.

Newbie or not, this may be the last Scrum book you ever need to read.

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  • Tarmo
  • 2015-06-06

Lots of why and exapke stories and little of how

Good for Scrum beginner and experts also. Beginners should read additional info how to implement it in different scenarios.

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  • PIERRE-CHARLES Nicolas
  • 2017-01-23

Génial !

Ayant commencé le livre avec quelques vagues notions de scrum, j'ai trouvé le livre extrêmement intéressant et instructif. On y apprend le pourquoi et le comment, chacun en détails.
Les histoires sont un peu longues parfois mais permettent de bien saisir l'intérêt de chaque pratique.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2016-06-16

A must read, even if you know Scrum

This is really refreshing to step out from the HOW to do Scrum, and listening to the WHY. Take the time to do it. And, if you spend to much time in car like me, Audible is a fantastic tool ;-)

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  • Michel Molongo
  • 2015-01-25

Génial

Ce livre m'a changé ma vie par le déclic qu'il m'a déclenché. Passionnant et pertinent. Le narrateur retranscrit parfaitement le message et donne envie de partager cette découverte avec toute ses connaissances.