Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Jeff Sutherland is greatly successful in conceptualizing the altogether new approach for getting things done though there were some previous efforts in the direction but in traces. It was in the late 90s that Jeff along with Ken Schwaber realized shortfalls of the traditional Waterfall and worked finally to develop Scrum Development process, the new framework for doing things in less time.

Acknowledged as ground-breaking, the book, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time gives you the context and background to start developing applications. The book is a mix of diverse career life of Jeff and ‘Why Scrum’. The nine insightful chapters with key takeaways go extensively through how the team works and the way the work should be done, the Scrum way.

In Jeff’s words, the scrum is “faster, more reliable and more effective way to create software in the tech industry”. Being more discursive and thought-provoking, the ‘Scrum’ takes on a traditional ‘Waterfall’ in a very convincing manner.

In the very first chapter, it makes you aware that how disruptive it is to be to work in a more complex and challenging work environment. ‘The way the world works is Broken’ is not only a bold statement by Jeff but the pioneer of Scrum is very apt while proposing “the world is constantly getting more complicated, and the work we do is gaining in complexity at an ever-increasing rate”.

‘The Origins of Scum’ talks of how Jeff grew as an academician to a corporate professional from a soldier that was deployed in Vietnam war and how he realized he could create a system that could heighten the level of performance with constant feedback. The third chapter ‘Teams’ and the fourth one ‘Time’ go through team dynamics, work ceremonies such as daily stand-up meeting and the roles such as Scrum Master, insights into Sprint and how should it go in an iterative manner. The rest chapters dig into plan, priorities, and ultimately take you to the implementation of Scrum and thereby changing the world.

The fresh ideas for simplifying life and work, insight into how to approach tasks and deliver the best in an iterative manner, and much more about team-work – this extraordinary book could be a good starting point for newbies to Agile world.

Person Avadhut Desai

2nd August 2018

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