More of a motivational book than an instructional guide, “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time” offers an in-depth look at the benefits of Scrum-based leadership practices. Authors Jeff Sutherland and J.J. Sutherland promote out-of-the-box thinking with this title, featuring numerous case studies of Scrum’s use in business and life. Some shocking figures include the fact that some companies enjoy up to 12 times the productivity after using Scrum compared to before. Thus, there is little surprise as to why even the FBI is using these methods.
From the technology sector to the political arena, the applications are virtually endless. The book also features a brief guide to the system’s practices in the appendix so that you can begin using it in your workplace, business, or even at home. For each step of the process, the authors weave in an inspiring story of how someone applied that part of Scrum. While the stories offer hope for anyone amid executing these practices, an attentive reader can also learn what to do and what not to do from them. For example, the Sutherlands explain that communication in the Scrum team is just as important as when it is between the team and clients. Strategies such as using the same jargon with all parties can help everyone stay on the same page.
The authors reveal how accessible Scrum is in your daily life, such as in tackling errands and housework more efficiently. Although the software development sector knows the system well, the pair wanted to bring attention to its broader uses through this book. Lead author Jeff Sutherland drives the point home with his personal history with Scrum well before he was even involved in computer software. The main takeaway for most readers is that there are more ways to maximize achievement with this methodology than they could have ever imagined.