Friday, December 24, 2010

OpenView Venture Partners Video Lab: Backbone of Scrum

The Structural Backbone of Scrum According to its Founder
Dec 23, 2010 by Corey O'Loughlin

Jeff details the history of scrum, starting with structure

When the idea of Scrum was just a notion in Dr. Jeff Sutherland’s brain, the agile devel­op­ment method’s cre­ator intended to rede­fine how busi­ness was conducted.

The best prac­tices process at most com­pa­nies look­ing to achieve break­throughs in pro­duc­tiv­ity would need to be com­pletely torn down and rebuilt. And so he did just that. He took his 11 years of doc­tor­ate learn­ing and applied them in form­ing an agile devel­op­ment method for businesses.

Why did Dr. Suther­land decide to put forth a plan to cre­ate what even­tu­ally became the Scrum approach? Because after count­less hours of study­ing, he was cer­tain that there were insti­tu­tion­al­ized short­com­ings in many busi­nesses. One of the most preva­lent issues was a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion. So many com­pa­nies failed to over­come issues here caus­ing prob­lems through­out the operation.

The goal was sim­ple: com­pletely rede­fine the way com­pa­nies oper­ate. And that’s pre­cisely what was done. Watch the full video from Open­View Labs for more infor­ma­tion on this topic.

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