Saturday, April 17, 2010

Deep Lean Stockholm 12 May 2010

Deep Lean with Mary Poppendieck & Jeff Sutherland & Henrik Kniberg, May 12th

Spend a day with renown experts on Lean and Agile software development. This exclusive workshop happens only once per year worldwide and is limited to 20-25 participants.

This workshop is for you if:
  • You are a leader in an organisation that is serious about implementing Lean software development.
  • You already know the basics of Lean but want to learn more about the leadership perspective and practical techniques for driving process improvement.
  • You want to meet and exchange knowledge with experts and practioners of Lean software development.

Click here for agenda and other details...

Excel Spreadsheet for Hyperproductive Scrum Teams - very cool!

Scrum Metrics for Hyperproductive Teams: How They Fly Like Fighter Aircraft

Jeff Sutherland and Scott Downey
Agile 2010 Experience Report

Scrum teams use lightweight metrics like story points, the burndown chart, and team velocity. The inventor of Scrum was a fighter pilot and used the burndown chart to help teams land a sprint properly. Recent work with hyperproductive teams shows they are like modern jet fighters in two ways. They have engines that produce velocity—alignment of the team, and team spirit. And they carefully measures aspects of performance to make slight adjustments in flight. Failing to constantly adjust the flight of the team can result in a hyperproductive crash into waterfall performance.

One hour discussion of a comprehensive, yet minimal set of team metrics used in an environment where hyperproductive teams are the norm, along with an Excel spreadsheet that can be used by any Scrum team to improve performance. Velocity, story completion by priority, work in progress, story acceptance rate by product owner, unplanned work, and trending accuracy of estimates all appear to be essential to determine the altitude, velocity, angle of attack, and attitude of a hyperproductive team. Slight adjustment of these parameters on a daily basis keeps the team on target. Half hour questions and discussion on using the Excel spreadsheet to improve team performance.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Roots of Scrum Updated: ACCU Conference, Oxford 14 Apr 2010

Dr. Jeff Sutherland covers the history of Scrum from its inception thru his participation with Ken Schwaber in rolling out Scrum to industry, to its impact on Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle, Siemans, Philips, GE, and thousands of other companies. He describes the relationship of Scrum to experience at Bell Labs, MIT, iRobot, and the Grameen Bank, his communications with Kent Beck who used Scrum experience to help create XP, and how the Agile Manifesto accelerated Scrum adoption. Most important, he concludes by describing how team spirit is at the root of product innovation and hyperproductive teams and how that spirit can transform organizations.

Click here for slides.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Scrum Log is moving to

Google is changing their strategy for blog support. As a result, this blog must move to a subdomain, in this case

However, if you go to, you should be redirected to scrumjeffsutherland.

There will be a further migration later to I will keep you posted. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Scrum city - Somerville Rocks!

Somerville is home city for both Scrum, Inc. and the Scrum Training Institute. They want Google to install high speed wireless access for the city.