Articles We Recommend

Jeff Sutherland articles:

Scrum and CMMI – Going from Good to Great by Jakobsen and Sutherland.  Systematic.

Mature Agile with a twist of CMMI by Carsten Ruseng Jakobsen, Kent Aaron Johnson. Systematic.

Take No Prisoners by Sutherland and Altman

Shock Therapy
by Sutherland, Downey and Granvik

Scrum in Church
by Rev. Arlene Conan Sutherland, Jeff Sutherland and Christine Hegarty

Fully Distributed Scrum
 by Sutherland, Schoonheim, N. Kumar, V. Pandey, S. Vishal

Scrum and CMMI Level 5: The Magic Potion for Code Warriors (Systematic) by Jeff Sutherland, Ph.D., Carsten Ruseng Jakobsen and Kent Johnson

Distributed Scrum: Agile Project Management with Outsourced Development Teams HICSS 2007. Sutherland et al.

Fully Distributed Scrum: The Secret Sauce for Hyperproductive Offshored Development Teams Sutherland, Schoonheim, Rusternburg and Rijk

Organizational Transformation with Scrum: How a Venture Capital Group Gets Twice as Much Done with Half the Work by Sutherland and Altman

Teams That Finish Early Accelerate Faster by Sutherland, Harrison, Riddle.


Articles by Ken Schwaber:

Controlled-Chaos+Software+Development  TBH, I do not know the author(s) for sure.  I believe Ken Schwaber is the lead author.  I obtained this article from Schwaber’s old website,  I also believe that Jeff Sutherland and others contributed notably.  I understand this article was written after the famous paper submitted at the OOPSLA conference in 1995.  But maybe very similar.


Takeuchi and Nonaka articles:

The Concept of “Ba” by Nonaka and Konno.

SECI, Ba and Leadership: a Uni®ed Model of Dynamic Knowledge Creation by Ikujiro Nonaka, Ryoko Toyama and Noboru Konno

See also the HBR articles below.


Other articles:

Leading Fearless Change by Manns and Rising.

Rolling out Agile at a Large Enterprise Excellent article by Gabrielle Benefield at Yahoo!

Want Better Software? Just Ask by Mike Cohn

The Servant as Leader by Robert Greenleaf

Software Engineering: An idea whose time has come and gone? by Tom DeMarco

Agile Specification Quality Control by Tom Gilb.  reprinted from TE magazine, March 2009

Enterprise Scrum (w/epilog) by Dan Greening

Planning Poker or How to avoid analysis paralysis while release planning by James Grenning.  Nice discussion of planning poker, and why.

How To Make The Whole Organization Agile by Stephen Denning.  Good overview of Steve’s thoughts, with links to his excellent blog posts.

Using Scrum in Global Software Development by Hossain, Babar, Paik

What is of value to your customer by John Kelly and Steven Male

Scaling Agile Development by Larman and Vodde

The Five Business Value Commandments by Chris Matts and Andy Pols

Experiences with Defect Prevention by R. G. Mays, C. L. Jones, G. J. Holloway, D. P. Studinski

The Product Champion by Linda Rising

Ssh! We are adding a process…  by Mark Striebeck, Google Inc.

Knowledge-Worker Productivity by Peter Drucker. Dr. Drucker originated the idea of knowledge workers. Key to our field. This article addresses some of the implications of that idea.

The Basics of Scrum  I believe this is by Jeff Sutherland, or mainly by him.

More articles:


Articles about Team Collocation:

Rapid Software Development Through Team Collocation by Teasley, Covi, Krishnan, Olson

How Does Radical Collocation Help a Team Succeed? by Teasley, Covi, Krishnan, Olson


Other Agile documents:

waterfall This is the Dr. Royce paper that defined waterfall.  Note that he says “it is inherently risky and subject to failure.”  No wonder it was so hard.  And notice that we never did waterfall the way he told us to.

Work on One Project  A slide to convince people to do less task-switching.  Originated, I think, by Henrik Kniberg.

Generic Iteration Backlog2.xls  Basic Scrum “tool” by Joe Little.

Managing Change (Surfing the Wave), by Joe Little.

Communication Nodes

AppendixFebruary2011.doc  Fearless Change Patterns, from Mary Lynn Manns’ and Linda Risings’ book: Fearless Change.


Harvard Business Review Articles:

(see  Cost about $7-9 per article.)

The New New Product Development Game by Takeuchi and Nonaka. Essential for Scrum.

One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees by Frederick Herzberg.  This is a classic.  Everyone should know this article.

Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail by John Kotter. Again, a classic.

The Knowledge-Creating Company by Nonaka (Cf the book with the same title by Takeuchi and Nonaka)

The Contradictions that Drive Toyota’s Success by Takeuchi and others. (Cf the book Extreme Toyota by Takeuchi and others)

Six Myths of Product Development by Thomke and Reinertsen. I love this article.

The Discipline of Teams by Katzenbach and Smith.  The article. They also wrote a book with the same title.