Synopsis of Scrum
A project management system provides businesses with an organizational tool for planning out projects. Jeff Sutherland describes his system, Scrum, in the book. It is a proven project management system that helps teams be more productive in less time. Scrum gives many examples of real companies who have used this system. The book begins with the FBI computer system which failed. It is especially relevant because the FBI computer team tried so many other systems before being introduced to Scrum. The team was then able to produce a completed and successful computer system. Many examples are provided throughout the book to demonstrate how and why this system works. Scrum is used in a variety of ways such as teaching students, building a house, and planning a wedding, along with technology businesses.
“There are two ways of doing things: the old “Waterfall” method that wastes hundreds of millions of dollars and often doesn’t deliver anything, or the new way, which, with fewer people and in less time, can deliver more stuff with higher quality at lower cost.” (p. 7)
Implementing this Project Management System
Rather than focusing on individual performance, Scrum emphasizes teamwork. As a result, this project management system helps people do their best work in the least amount of time. If an individual is stumped in their project tasks, the team discusses it and comes up with a solution. The problem doesn’t linger very long. Consequently, the other team members aren’t waiting around for this task to be completed before they can begin their part in the project. The team knows what every other member is doing.
“What are the things that actually make people happy? They’re the same things that make great teams: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Or to say it more expansively, it’s the ability to control your own destiny, it’s the feeling that you’re getting better at something, and it’s knowing that you’re serving something bigger than yourself. “ (p. 153)
Scrum provides an environment where all of these elements that make people happy are accomplished.
After reading this book, I implemented many of the recommended rules in this project management system to become more organized in my business. I took the following takeaways from the book.
- Create list of all my ideas that I need to do
- Complete a task before starting another.
- All tasks end in a deliverable product
- Set each task up to be completed in no more than four hours. If it will take longer than four hours, I will split the task into smaller ones.
This is an excellent book for businesses. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Timeprovides teams with a proven system to become more organized so they can become more productive. The book was written to complete projects with teams. Although I don’t have a team right now, I still found this book to be very helpful. As a result, I am a lot more organized now that I have implemented some of the concepts and integrated the system into my business. Since there is a lot of good information and actionable steps outlined in the book, I will read the book again.