In a new talk, Scrum cofounder Jeff Sutherland makes a compelling argument for Scrum, XP and Lean as the basis for “hyper-productive” companies. The potential improvement is on the order of a factor of 10(!). But to get those gains, you have to adopt Scrum and adapt yourself to Scrum, not the other way around.
The actual competitive advantage which can be achieved by consequently deploying the principles and practices of Scrum, Lean and XP have coincided with substantial revenue gains for the companies concerned:
BTW – “ScrumButt” companies score 7 or less on the Nokia test.
His recommendations to investors:
His recommendations to managers:
A fascinating talk, which he will repeat at Agile 2008
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what else would you propose if you were Jeff? In short: Invest into me, give me all your money because I am the one who knows best how to use it 😉
Once again I don’t like the terms like hyper-productivity.
However he is right in summarizing key factors for productivity: Involvement/commitment and removal of impediments. Small highly committed team, focusing on producing business value.
Agreed – Hyper is, well, uh, hype. I’m going to put it in quotes.
I have personally experienced a factor of three productivity spread from a team in a very disorganized state to that same team in very productive state with most impediments removed.
So I do believe his analysis: 30% improvements if you get something close to Scrum, much more is possible if you deeply institutionalize it.