Good Agile & Scrum Links & Downloads


if you ever get to the Hartford area from time to time, be sure to check out our OTHER, Boston-based user group, Agile Connecticut

Introductory Links

Intermediate-Level Links

Chickens and Pigs : Explained by Dr. Jeff Sutherland (high entertainment!) Quote: “If you look at most corporate meetings you will see 50-80% excess overhead. These are the meetings that Scrum eliminates on day 1 if done properly.”

Advanced Links

MEGA SCRUM: A paper with diagrams representing an adaptive Scrum structure for organizing work that is globally distributed, volunteer, and non-IT. From Dan Mezick. This Scrum structure is utilized by the PMI-Agile project and being tested for practicality as a way to massively scale Scrum to handle very large all-volunteer efforts.

FULL DISTRIBUTED SCRUM: PDF paper, with content of Agile2008 presentation by Dr. Jeff Sutherland. Described how to incorporate full distributed global development teams into the Scrum method. Advanced Scrum techniques are described in this paper.

THE NOKIA TEST VIDEO WITH DR. JEFF SUTHERLAND. NOTE: There is an update coming for this topic; I learned alot at the Agile2008 conference from folks like Kati Vilkii, COO of Business Excellence at Nokia Seimens Networks. Updates to follow….

Jeff Sutherland (co-creator of Scrum) Scrum Log

The Scrum Papers: The Evolution of Scrum since 1993 from Jeff Sutherland.

Takeuchi and Nonaka are Godfathers of the Scrum Agile Process since they coined the term in their seminal paper in the Harvard Business Review in 1986.

Link to updated works and original paper that kicked off Scrum: This is a foundational work and important reading for Scrum scholars. TITLE: The New New Product Development Game, Harvard Business Review, 1986

Concept of Ba: “the space” — Nonaka is one of the original authors of the Harvard Business Review article “The New New Product Development Game” which influenced the development of Scrum. This is another co-authored article by Nonaka on the concept of ‘ba’ and knowledge creation. It is interesting.

Group Dynamics Links

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing: Now THAT’s a saying you run into quite a bit in Agile circles. Here is the original research paper from the 1960’s, upon which that trendy saying is based: Developmental Sequence in Small Groups by Bruce Tuckman

Presentation Downloads


Slides from Amr Elssamidisy AGILE ADOPTIONS talk.