The Art of Doing Less: How to Maximize Product Development

Looking to focus in on the absolute priorities and ship better products faster? Scrum Inc. consultant Joe Justice shares a story from his work with Team WIKISPEED that serves as the perfect example of what’s possible when you get lean and creative with your product development.

A Lesson in Lean Manufacturing: Why Less Is More

When volunteer-based green automotive company Team WIKISPEED needed to develop a system that would clean and limit tailpipe emissions from its prototype car, founder and CEO Joe Justice didn’t seek out the world’s best engineers to build a revolutionary catalytic converter.

Instead, he turned the product development project loose to anyone who was willing to help the company quickly develop a core product that solved Team WIKISPEED’s most basic challenges.


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The Key Agile Principles Behind Holacracy

Zappos triggered an uproar when it announced it was ditching traditional management hierarchy in exchange for self-organizing teams. In this week’s Labcast, Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland sounds off on holacracy and provides a basic anatomy lesson on the structure of truly agile organizations.

The Anatomy of an Agile Company: The Key Agile Principles Behind Holacracy

Holacracy — the buzzword has been swarming the web ever since Zappos announced it would be swapping management titles for a “self-governing” system. There seems to be two main reactions surrounding the shift — those who believe holacracy is the way of the future, and those who dismiss it as a passing fad.

But when you get down to the key concepts of holacracy — the emphasis on small self-organizing teams operating autonomously, for example — perhaps the system isn’t exactly the scary new revolution it’s being made out to be. In fact, it sounds an awful lot like agile development.

In this week’s Labcast, Dr. Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum, weighs in on holacracy and the future of management — drawing parallels between agile and holacracy, and explaining why your own body may be the perfect model for a truly agile, productive, and innovative organization. 


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Spotify’s Secret for Competing with Apple, Amazon, and Google

How has Spotify managed to outperform industry giants Google, Apple, and Amazon? Scrum co-creator Dr. Jeff Sutherland reveals three ways Spotify’s implementation of Agile development is catapulting it past the competition.

Scrum Done Right: How Spotify Takes On Industry Giants | OpenView Labs

If you look at the roster of competitors that digital music service Spotify deals with every day, you might wonder how the European startup has managed to survive without getting crushed.


A Tale of Two Scrums: Agile Done Right and Agile Gone Wrong

In this week’s Labcast, Co-Creator of Scrum Jeff Sutherland explains why was such a software development disaster, and why Spotify, on the other hand, is a terrific example of Agile done right.

A Tale of Two Scrums: Agile Done Right and Agile Gone Wrong

When it comes to Agile software development, and Spotify are on the opposite sides of the coin. While one serves as perhaps the biggest cautionary tale of the decade, the other offers an extremely promising example of the potential of going Agile and adopting Scrum.


3 Big Benefits of Scrum and Why It Beats Waterfall for Product Development

Getting more accomplished in less time is every manager’s dream — Scrum makes it a reality. Scrum coach and expert Kenny Rubin explains the benefits of adopting an agile framework and why it beats waterfall for product development.

3 Big Benefits of Scrum

Are you interested in delighting your customers, boosting your bottom line, and improving your processes? Scrum certified trainer Kenny Rubin, author of the best-selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process, sat down with OpenView Labs to outline three big reasons why Scrum is worth your time, and why it makes sense to go agile.


Achieving Successful Scrum Team Dynamics

Scrum has the potential to boost your team’s productivity, but realizing that potential is up to you. Mitch Lacey, agile coach and author of The Scrum Field Guide, explains why ensuring greater success starts with improving your organizational alignment.

Achieving Successful Scrum Team Dynamics

In the world of Scrum it’s fairly common for organizations to quickly jump into practicing the agile methodology and then become frustrated or disappointed when they don’t see significant immediate results. Of course, going through the motions of Scrum and actually practicing it effectively are two very different things. In fact, as Mitch Lacey explains in this weeks’ Labcast, the road to the latter starts much earlier in the adoption phase — by establishing the right organizational and team dynamics.


Key Factors for Determining Your Ideal Sprint Length

Mitch Lacey, agile coach and author of The Scrum Field Guide, explains how to strike the right balance to match your push for rapid iteration with your team’s ability to deliver and respond.

Key Factors for Determining Sprint Length

Editor’s note: This guest post from Mitch Lacey originally appeared on his blog as “Determining Sprint Length”.

There is no one-size-fits-all, magic bullet for determining a sprint length that works well for every team. Originally, Scrum called for one-month sprints, but nowadays many teams have been successful with two-week or even one-week sprints.

Choosing the right sprint length is about determining an appropriate stimulus-to-response cycle.


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Achieving the Big Picture Business Results You Expect from Scrum

With so many details to focus on, it can sometimes be easy to get lost in the day-to-day minutia of Scrum. That’s why Scrum expert Kenny Rubin, who has trained over 18,000 people on agile and Scrum methodologies, believes it’s so important to take a step back and look at things from a larger economic perspective.

Scrum Business Benefits: Economically Sensible Scrum

Alright, so you’ve implemented Scrum at your company. The big question is — have you seen any jump in revenue? If not, don’t give up on the Scrum just yet! Agile and Scrum training expert Kenny Rubin, author of the bestselling book Essential Scrum sat down to talk about what he refers to as Economically Sensible Scrum. Listen in to hear Kenny explain how to get things rolling from the executive level down to really ensure that Scrum gets adopted successfully across your entire organization.


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