Jeff Sutherland on the History and Structure of Scrum

By Jacob in Agile Development on August 15, 2011

A small boat on anchored at sea. Knowing the history of Scrum and how that led to the structure of scrum helps anchor your understanding.

Get the history of Scrum from founder Jeff Sutherland. In this video he discusses how the structure of Scrum was developed, and why.

As you might have noticed lately, we’ve been talking a bit about Scrum. We’ve done a post on learning Scrum in 10 Minutes, and for those of you in Wellington, we’ve run free Scrum workshops. From these posts, and through Twitter, one of the questions we get most frequently is about the history of Scrum. Where did it come from and why did it turn out the way it did?

To answer this question we’ve got a video from one of the founders of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland.

Check out the video below to learn about the history of Scrum and the reasoning behind the structure of Scrum.

What is the history of Scrum?

The logic behind Scrum as a development methodology is really very interesting, and Jeff Sutherland does a great job of explaining it. There are a few key points I find particularly interesting, and that are reflected in Scrum processes as we see them today:

Why other systems don’t work:

Specialised silos of activity leads to slower communication and add lengths to the development process – this makes sense as there is not enough communication between people with different roles so it makes it hard to achieve the goals or development milestones that they have committed to.

How they developed the structure of Scrum

The roles of Scrum

The meetings of Scrum

Reporting in Scrum

Scrum in a nutshell

So that’s more or less the hsitory of Scrum — quite an interesting story really. Jeff Sutherland is evidently a very interesting character, and the thought that has gone into making Scrum as efficient is really very apparent.

Does this match up with your own experiences of Scrum? How does Scrum work for you? Did you enjoy your history lesson? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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