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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jeff Sutherland

Narrated By: Jj Sutherland

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2014

Duration: 6 hours 43 minutes


For those who believe that there must be a more agile and efficient way for people to get things done, here is a brilliantly discursive, thought-provoking book about the leadership and management process that is changing the way we live.
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.


  • Anthony Pavone

    THIS BOOK SHOULD BE TITLED: STORYTELLING At the 1 hour mark, you say to yourself, maybe they will finally get to the point of SCRUM. Instead you get to listen to a narration though entertaining (sometimes) goes on and on of why SCRUM works so well and how every other way is messed up but never except maybe 1 minute of 60 give you a snip of material. 2.5 hours in and I want to shoot myself for hoping that they will finally get to it.

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  • Sowmya Aggarwal

    Terrific book to explain why scrum works. It is important to know about scrum and how to implement it properly within group for weeks to understand this book better and appreciate the ground breaking concept. I work at a joy global inc and we follow scrum religiously. This works.

  • Michael Lavery

    Slightly disappointed because it is definitely written about "success" stories. It would be a good tool to give to someone who needs to be convinced that Scrum can work. I like the end where you heard about alternative implementations of the process and I think the short Scrum manual would be a great short book. I select a five for narration because I actually read the paper back.

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