Scrum: How to do twice as much in half the time | Jeff Sutherland | TEDxAix

  • Published on Jul 7, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Co-writer of the Agile Manifesto, Jeff Sutherland is one of the world's leading experts of organizational management. He'll explain how to be agile, not just in software development but in every business to disrupt the field.
    A former US Air Force "Top Gun," Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of the SCRUM process. This methodology, developed in 1993 and formalized in 1995 with Ken Schwaber, has since been adopted by the vast majority of software development companies around the world.

    Jeff is a leading expert on how the framework has evolved to meet the needs of today's business. Realizing its benefits are not limited to software development, he has adapted this strategy to several other industries including: finance, healthcare and telecom. His processes are now widely used for managing challenging projects and hyperproductive development teams.

    As the CEO of Scrum Inc. and the Senior Advisor and Agile Coach to OpenView Venture Partners, Jeff shares best practices with organisations around the globe.
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Comments • 772

  • a 2345193
    a 2345193 9 days ago

    This man has done possibly more than any other to make the lives of software developers more difficult by corrupting our industry.

  • r5cpt
    r5cpt 12 days ago +1

    Promises to talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Doesn't.
    Says "plans are useless but planning is everything" - proceeds to tell anecdote where planning got his buddy killed, but his plan saved his life.
    "I knew I couldn't tell them [Company L2] what to do" - proceeds to tell Company L2 what to do with post-it notes.
    The secret to everything project is "Land the project." - because that's not every project has tried to do since the beginning of projects. :/
    Vacuous presentation. He gets A for effort but F for execution.

  • Harvy666
    Harvy666 18 days ago

    Ted is fine, Tedx just lets in anybody :)

  • English Mastery
    English Mastery 24 days ago +1


  • Bartosz Surlas
    Bartosz Surlas Month ago

    He told us in 15 minutes what usually used to be said within 7.5mins. Not really handy content.

  • Fabio Degl'Innocenti

    He is the Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars

  • Jared Chesterman
    Jared Chesterman Month ago

    This guy says loads. He has meaning. His is building a picture of why agile exists. Open up.

  • Beach Life
    Beach Life Month ago

    I love Ted Talks. Most are mind blowing. This one fell short.

  • Cassum Entertainment
    Cassum Entertainment 2 months ago

    To all the comments below, if you don't know anything about project management methodologies GO BACK TO SCHOOL 📚

  • Alex K
    Alex K 2 months ago

    It's a bit longwinded but I think the jist of it is that you need to set out the problems infront of you, make them tangible make their effects known. If you land a plan in a video game too far down the runway you can always restart because of a lack of palpable consequences but in a real life scenario you dont get that restart so you need to little by little adjust the way you approach the problem at hand until before you know it things start getting better. it's all trial and error so to stick with the plane analogy, if you're in a flight simulator you have more leeway for mistakes but you get in a real plane then that margin for error drops significantly. looks for the worst case scenario and learn every possible way to avoid it and you are set to land that plane. if someone tells you you will fall off the tree you were climbing as a kid you wouldn't put in to practise the steps needed to avoid falling down until you finally fell off and experienced it first hand, did that mean you stopped climbing? not unless you severely damaged yourself, you just learned how to avoid falling down. That's what you gotta do with everything in life, get back up, readjust your method and try again instead of resigning yourself to failure and mediocrity because of one failure. Climb that tree, Land that plane, but do it with intent and heuristic planning rather than reckless abandon. There will always be a better, more efficient way to do things, find, it, put it up where you can see it every waking moment and act on it.

  • shane sawyer
    shane sawyer 2 months ago

    Those stories were great, but WTF? Where was the part that explained how I get more done in half the time?!?!

  • Jeroen
    Jeroen 2 months ago

    I will get 15 minutes of work done in the time I'm not watching the rest of this video. Goodbye.

  • Rodrigo Bueno
    Rodrigo Bueno 3 months ago +1

    "Plans are worthless
    But planning is everything"

  • Zahid H Khan
    Zahid H Khan 3 months ago


  • Aayush Mehta
    Aayush Mehta 3 months ago +1

    I saw this video in 2x speed to make sure i do twice as much work in half the time

  • A012Z9
    A012Z9 3 months ago +1

    Finally. Just what I've been looking for. Thank you

  • Paulo Roberto Elias
    Paulo Roberto Elias 3 months ago

    And his message is being got wrong everyday as a lot of scrum team mermbers have to reports status every minute....

  • A.J. Hernandez
    A.J. Hernandez 3 months ago

    So we have to self learn how to do what he was supposed to tell us to do? What?

  • Michael Starkey
    Michael Starkey 3 months ago

    The pilot is A successful “lucky” narcissist

  • Sandor Barics
    Sandor Barics 4 months ago

    too much blabla and not so much practical advice

  • Mike Snelling
    Mike Snelling 4 months ago

    One of the worst TEDx ever; one long brag with no useful content. It certainly doesn't even start to fulfil its title.

  • Lucky-boy 128
    Lucky-boy 128 4 months ago

    I will start with just reading the summary, anyone got one?

  • carlüsh
    carlüsh 4 months ago

    thank you for teaching me nothing at all

  • paul flores
    paul flores 4 months ago

    Interesting guy, but poor speech!

  • Brian Samphs
    Brian Samphs 4 months ago

    I think half the videos on RU-clip try to tell you that something can be done but fail to tell you how to do it.

  • Jess Hines
    Jess Hines 4 months ago

    Shocking how many commenters are ragging on the "uselessness" of this video like they were expecting "three steps to making scrum work everywhere all the time." The title is "by way of example" it's not a prescriptive how-to video. The whole point of this video (which I enjoyed and found useful) is that Scrum IS the "how." It's how you can turn around under-performing teams. It's how you can create a work environment that's productive, effective, and enjoyable. It's how you can deliver quality work faster. If you're expecting a 15-minute TED talk to provide you a magical spell to solve your problems, you're looking in the wrong place.

  • stevenstrumpf7
    stevenstrumpf7 4 months ago

    How to do half as much in twice the time.

  • John Johnson
    John Johnson 4 months ago

    Everything in this talk is exactly right, but it is missing some very important context. Just get this:
    - Make work results visible so people can actively improve themselves, and let them do it.
    - Use short cycles to train people to finish quality work on-time as a team. Otherwise you get one shot!
    - Use distributed controls, empowered teams, to adjust their part so the whole can learn
    - Distributed controls should be simple and easy to follow
    - Do these things and your expertise will grow, your confidence will grow, you'll learn every day, and love work!
    All of this is from Jeff Sutherland's incredible book by the same title as the talk. Agile is about running teams like they are filled with human beings. Life, Liberty, and the result is happiness.

  • Sanji
    Sanji 5 months ago

    What a misleading title ffs

  • Cheryl Negus
    Cheryl Negus 5 months ago

    I got absolutely nothing from this.

  • Michael Ng
    Michael Ng 5 months ago

    Just a shoutout to my scrum training group in Toronto. Stay awesome! 😁

    NOAHGUY BLOG 5 months ago

    Jeff Sutherland, the co-founder of Scrum, is a great leader and innovator. Thank you.

  • OK.
    OK. 5 months ago

    weird flex, but ok

  • Michael Ng
    Michael Ng 6 months ago

    Thanks for wasting my time again TEDX!

  • Michael Ng
    Michael Ng 6 months ago

    I still don't get why Gantt chart is bad. It does help show work and resource dependencies. He also mentioned that Gantt chart is no good because of the delay in real situation, but I don't get how SCRUM addresses it and get project work done on time better than Gantt chart.

  • Barrie Tremans
    Barrie Tremans 6 months ago

    All starts with education! What he had described, about Netherlands schooling system is simply amazing! Other European countries such as Finland have been practicing self-education methodic - these countries are rated top education system in the world. It is time for US to start moving that direction and replace a dinosaurs education with modern age system.

  • DJ Toddles
    DJ Toddles 6 months ago

    If you think you might have scrum, please see your doctor

  • Dionis Kole
    Dionis Kole 6 months ago

    Disliked by 3.2K micromanaging managers.

  • danny
    danny 6 months ago

    I problems.

  • Folarin Osibodu
    Folarin Osibodu 6 months ago

    This guy has literally changed the whole world companies for the better. I hope that I would be able to do something or somethings to improve millions of companies or people for the better

  • Tim Ewalt
    Tim Ewalt 6 months ago

    Just want to thank all the responses below or above, saved me 16 Minutes.

  • Frank Hong
    Frank Hong 6 months ago

    scrum is better than gant chart, period.

  • CJ Crystal
    CJ Crystal 7 months ago

    Father of Scrum, it would not have been possible without his Military background. Thank you Jeff Sutherland!

  • Cyberfoxxy
    Cyberfoxxy 7 months ago

    Sounds like a corporate whole lot of nothing.

  • LaurensVRC
    LaurensVRC 7 months ago

    Oh man... I liked the talk, but I love the comments section.

  • forsmanos
    forsmanos 7 months ago

    But he told us nothing, other than he being a pilot.

  • Rog S
    Rog S 7 months ago +2

    Great Talk Jeff :) Thank you vey much!

  • Lee Murray
    Lee Murray 7 months ago

    Convinced me to learn about scrum but didn't learn anything. So technically I just wanted 16 mins. Guess I need to make that up after I learn scrum. Hopefully I don't have to recruit 3 people who have to recruit 3 people.

  • prasenjit chowdhury
    prasenjit chowdhury 7 months ago

    Such an useless video and no point to point

  • MT Paracha
    MT Paracha 7 months ago

    ts crazy how expensive these certifications are. I used Agile Scrum Academy for certification. It only costs $49.00. ASM - Agile Scrum Master Certification

  • Scott Rusnak
    Scott Rusnak 7 months ago

    Way too wordy, come on, incredibly inefficient TedTalk

  • mila i
    mila i 7 months ago

    the lack of basic comprehension skills and attention span in the comments...

  • Sergio A Ramos
    Sergio A Ramos 8 months ago

    He didn’t land the plane, nor disclosed the methodology, principles or actual steps to be more effective in less time (!) The speaker introduced and build up with stories to then... walk away without really having disclosed anything valuable.
    Was this an attempt to have you buy his book, conference, consulting? I don’t know. All I know is that it was useless to watch this video.

  • Brandon Wills
    Brandon Wills 8 months ago

    And somehow this guy helped companies get organized & efficient?

  • Leyla Utman
    Leyla Utman 8 months ago

    Watching this wasted my time. The speaker overstated(title) and under achieved big time.

  • Conner Pearce
    Conner Pearce 8 months ago

    The plane landing analogy sums this up perfectly for those who don't understand - Rather than trying to just "Land a plane on a runway", you will end up in the trees and fail.
    Every few seconds, the pilot of the plane is adjusting itself to meet the final requirement as it draws closer to the target.
    The message: Improve in small increments, constantly adding value.With this, your end goal will become clearer as you understand it more with each increment. Adapt yourself to get to your goals rather than aiming high and not being able to meet it in one jump.

  • Etienne Redelinghuys
    Etienne Redelinghuys 8 months ago

    It is about the Agile methodology used mostly in software development and some other fields, where work is split into weekly or monthly cycles instead of the traditional 'Waterfall' methodology where planning is done waaaay in advance and everything moves in sequence (the Gannt chart method). The title is slightly misleading though and I only caught on when he mentioned 'Agile'.

  • Bobby Thomas
    Bobby Thomas 8 months ago

    and the title?

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    Gemini Roofing Ltd 9 months ago


  • CJ P
    CJ P 9 months ago

    This is the most conceited lecture (not talk) I have ever heard, and the waterfall method does work...he is only interested in himself....
    He has taught nothing.... I bet they did land projects, I have worked in banks and managed some amazing and very large projects... he is full of Sxxt - I will, i did, I made... thee is no lesson here from this man, almost as bad as his book...

  • Tim Pedersen
    Tim Pedersen 9 months ago

    Thanks for saving my time, didn't watch the video :)

  • Wisepersonsay
    Wisepersonsay 9 months ago

    Nurturing self-initiative is what parents are supporsed to do with their children. The same principle applies to adults, emplyers, teachers and anyone in the society. The problem is the majority average people believe leadership is leading with dominat attitude. Noone like that. Leaders have a lot to learn from humility.

  • Chaplin Co
    Chaplin Co 9 months ago

    You know not for nothing but tedx talks aren’t good at all. Big waste of time... I don’t know why I keep giving it a chance. This guy sounds like my friends when they’re high

  • Pauly B
    Pauly B 9 months ago

    Never knew Jeff was a West Pointer or a pilot.

  • James Marquis
    James Marquis 9 months ago

    Wow, I listened to him for 15:50 minutes and I still don't know what he is talking about, or what his point is, or how to achieve it. Talk about the Biblical injunction "in the abundance of words there is much foolishness"!!! I have my own term for it "management psycho babble". And the saddest part is companies pay him millions of dollars for this "advice". SMH!

  • Scott Korin
    Scott Korin 9 months ago

    This is a great talk about how Jeff Sutherland came up with Scrum. It's not a great talk explaining Scrum.

  • Interactive Xperts
    Interactive Xperts 9 months ago

    Great analogies, very disengaging speaker...I was falling asleep with his talk.

  • Gilbert Grape
    Gilbert Grape 9 months ago

    lol....what a waste of time....should have read the comments first

  • andii doode
    andii doode 9 months ago

    Rather self indulgent

  • Nicholas Snyder
    Nicholas Snyder 9 months ago

    The Comments made this video worth suffering through.

  • Caio Holanda
    Caio Holanda 10 months ago

    I am Brazilian, I am training my Portuguese, if some gringo solve to help me, pass whatsapp please

  • CostaRicanHero
    CostaRicanHero 10 months ago

    In essence: Watch the video in half the time (kill it after 7 minutes) and learn twice: dont listen to self-indulgent grandpas and... something about planes?

  • Aditya Sharma
    Aditya Sharma 10 months ago +1

    Plans are worthless but planning is everything

  • steven Galazzo
    steven Galazzo 10 months ago

    He's saying you need to watch your behavior very closely and continually readjust, like a pilot landing a plane. Make a plan and follow it, if you fail write out your actions and figure out where you went wrong. Adjust for your mistake and try again.

  • Montaz Meah II
    Montaz Meah II 10 months ago

    This is probably the worst TED Talks I've ever seen. If Sutherland ever reads my comment, I hope he learns to say twice as much in half the time. This is just a rambling bunch of nonsense. Watch some videos by Simon Sinek to learn how to give a presentation.

  • Darin Gardell
    Darin Gardell 10 months ago

    if you want to get twice as much done in half the time just go get started don't waste 15 minutes on this video.

  • Ess Etoile
    Ess Etoile 10 months ago

    or how to speak for 15 mn without saying anything

  • - Webster
    - Webster 11 months ago

    seems a bit long considering the subject matter.

  • Danilo Ramos
    Danilo Ramos 11 months ago

    16 minutes of self-congratulations. No real lessons or useful info given.

    ANNE MAKE-It-HAPPEN 11 months ago

    You were AWESOME!

  • UweWalter
    UweWalter 11 months ago

    I like this lecture very much. Jeff explains the way he found his methodology. Perhaps he does not explain exactly the path he promises in the title, but in return he reveals his values, his career and his motivation. I would like to express my appreciation to Jeff for what he has achieved, not for what he has not achieved. His development of scrum is an enrichment of mankind.

  • Peder Lyager Jensen
    Peder Lyager Jensen 11 months ago

    I feel like he could have made his point more efficiently :D

  • Nick Lorentzen
    Nick Lorentzen 11 months ago

    As a programmer, I have implemented Scrum in my everyday life. Works well.

  • Gil O
    Gil O 11 months ago

    This video is terrible

  • MrSeppZ
    MrSeppZ 11 months ago

    What a waste of time. I hate ted speakers who just brag about themselves and teach people nothing. Someone from Ted should read the speakers’ speeches before the go on stage and eliminate the ones with no substance and a lot of useless bragging.

  • Lachlan Rodenburg
    Lachlan Rodenburg 11 months ago

    Wait, so the secret is using Agile and Scrum project management techniques??

  • Metta Mia
    Metta Mia 11 months ago

    I get it! He said it once and showed it two or three times. Also, made a strong case for individual responsibility and gave multiple examples of how it performed when put into practice. In case your missed it... Make work visible. Become part of a self-directed team. If you are a manager, let go of managing and become a facilitator.

  • Axel Vanhooren
    Axel Vanhooren Year ago

    Wise stuff mixed with incredible confusions. So, beware of learning wrong lessons...

  • Yasar H
    Yasar H Year ago

    WTF is this talk ??!!

  • elkammash
    elkammash Year ago

    I could not understand any thing

  • Julian Hecker
    Julian Hecker Year ago

    He’s promoting himself, selling his book that outlines the SCRUM Project management technique. The video itself is not worth your time, but the technique itself may be of interest.

  • misteroz
    misteroz Year ago

    Reasonably interesting if you understand the Agile methodology - but if you don't, it ain't gonna convert you.

  • Artemis Chemistry

    I learned absolutely nothing from this talk. It seems like he just likes to talk about himself and how great he is.

  • Litl Bobby
    Litl Bobby Year ago

    I love this idea but like all the other commenters I’m left empty... has anyone proactively taken a next step from this talk. I loved hearing about the kids learning section but what can I do to learn more, or how to implement this technique? Anyone?

  • Thierry
    Thierry Year ago

    Agile .. doing twice as much in half the time? LOL .. At my company .. Agile is a lot of wasting time in lots of useless meetings and less time to do the real work for the sprint. Work was quicker done before Agile.

  • Skylar Henderson
    Skylar Henderson Year ago

    I didn't learn anything from this TEDTalk. I expected much more from the title.

  • Paul Dolden
    Paul Dolden Year ago

    Typical American, 16 F'n minutes talking about himself.

  • Sajid Bd
    Sajid Bd Year ago

    Teacher giving lecture to last class

  • Mustapha D
    Mustapha D Year ago

    When he stated plans are worthless planning is everything I took that to mean when you come up with your first plan it will inevitably fail because you do not know everything the first time around. The same as the pilot who got shot down in front of him. An individual should consistently reevaluate their goal and see where they and others have gone/went wrong that will change their output. That is why he gave that example at the end about kids learning from yesterday and using that to decide on what to do today. The other example about him going to a small company and the robot example is still unclear to me.

  • Neil Martin digirati

    He ends the talk with "You need to give up and let go to make it happen" Seems like there is some essence and words of training involved?