Jeff Sutherland

Hyperproductive? I don’t know but I’ll take it.

annotated burn up

I’ve written about how our agile practice, particularly continuous improvement, has re-organized our product and development group into one, high performing team. How this has resulted in less code, less waste, higher quality and more value. Jeff Sutherland talks about mature, agile teams achieving what he calls hyperproductivity. At this point, the team output accelerates and they outpace the organization around them. Performing beyond even our own expectations allows us slack to help our product team and our sponsors define … Read More

Agile’s broad adoption and mediocrity – the fault lies…

Sunset in Kona

I have to admit, I cringe whenever I say “agile” or “scrum” (™?) Even as I practice both every workday and care deeply for the values they represent. Successful movements take on a cloying “fill me with your knowledge” cast. A perpetual newbie state where new adherents come on faster than existing practitioners have opportunity to develop experience and wisdom. I really don’t need to have another conversation about how to phrase the first sentence of a user story. And … Read More

Antidote to hostile workplaces and the alpha geek

Do Agile principles demand we confront the shortage of women developers?


if Agile practitioners recognize the shortage of women in our shops is an impediment to value delivery – that it is an obstacle to our mission as agilists – then we will work to remove this impediment. The question becomes “What Agile principles demand we confront this problem?” In the interests of time I’ll highlight two hostile cultures described in the literature and the agile values that challenge them.

An outlier to the outliers, observations of an agile practitioner at an academic conference

Molokini viewed from the Grand Wailea Hotel

I presented my paper “Agile Values, Innovation, and the Shortage of Women Developers” at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences #45 (HICSS) on Thursday, January 5th. I’ll publish out my presentation notes in this blog over the next week. I’ll also link to the published paper when it is available on the IEEE website. A puzzling experience I’ve presented papers at HICSS before. Mostly in the Agile track chaired by Jeff Sutherland. I did present once in a more … Read More