Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

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is a business book which describes a project management system for business.  I found this book to be very easy to read.  Furthermore, there is a lot of information in this book that you can start using right away to be more productive and organized in your business, whether you have a whole team or you are an entrepreneur.  This book is written for a team.  Although I used a lot of the techniques described in the book and it has helped me.  I am a team of one.  Scrum is perfect for a company with many teams that work on a project together.

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

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

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emphasizes doing Sprints, which are doing a limited amount of work in a small time period.  The project is divided up into chunks, or sprints.  Following the completion of each sprint, the team evaluates the project to see if it is going in the right direction. The project is readjusted if it is not going in the right direction.  Maybe the clients changed their mind and want to add or subtract features.  It is best to change it in the beginning rather than wait until the project is all finished and the client is not satisfied.

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.

Scrum Takeaways

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.

Conclusion

This is an excellent book for businesses.  Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

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provides 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.

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Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
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