Notes: Scrum, the Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
I’m not much of a reader, but the book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland had me glued. I took notes for what I found to be the most interesting and actionable pieces of information. Before I toss my notes in the recycle bin, I will publish this here for easy reference. For a more thorough deep-dive, I highly recommend purchasing the original source material.
The document aims to be condensed notes: small, bite-sized reference material of summation points without elaboration, connecting thoughts, or associated data.
- Support people over processes.
- Produce products that work instead of relying on documentation for “what you’re supposed to do.”
- Collaborate with customers instead of negotiating with them.
- Respond to changes instead of following a plan.
End each sprint by demonstrating progress for stakeholders.
- Is the product heading in the right direction? Were there any new discoveries? What are the new priorities?
- Determine the team’s velocity.
- How do you improve working together next sprint? What got in your way?
- Show progress to stakeholders, including customers.
Ask your customers:
- Is this what you want?
- Does this solve at least a piece of your problem?
- Are we going in the right direction? If not, change the plan.
A scrum master should maintain the following mindset:
- Keep the team excited about and focused on the goal.
- Keep the team pushing toward the same goal.
- Obliterate anything in the team’s way. Improve processes.
- Celebrate any of the team’s successes. Individual contributions are team successes.
Each scrum meeting, the scrum master should spend 15 minutes asking:
- What did you do since last scrum to help the team finish the sprint?
- What are you going to do before next scrum to help the team finish the sprint?
- What obstacles are…