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Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland is CEO, Scrum, Inc. Scrum Inc. does Scrum training and publishing. As one of the inventors of Scrum, he is also chair of the Scrum Foundation and Senior Advisor and Agile Coach to Openview Venture Partners. Jeff started his career as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved Top Gun status in 1967 and flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam. His last two tours of duty were at Stanford University where he received a M.S. in Statistics and the United States Air Force Academy where he taught Mathematics, Statistics, and Probability and a PHD from University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Advice Articles


Jeff Sutherland suggests you hold the product owner accountable for …. 

Backlog Manager

Jeff Sutherland suggests my new Easel team under the Scrum Master started to accelerate and be very productive, I, as the owner, had trouble building the right backlog to keep the team busy.

Brook’s Law

Jeff Sutherland recalls of an interesting example in a start-up in North Carolina.

Demand Professionalism

Jeff Sutherland suggests there is an internal problem for some

Dynamic Tension

Jeff Sutherland suggests you want dynamic tension


Jeff Sutherland suggests the product owner creates the delivery requirements.


Jeff Sutherland suggests the scrum master is a facilitator-leader who manages the Scrum process, but not the people.

Good Owner

Jeff Sutherland suggests there are three things a good product owner needs to have: knowledge, availability, and the ability to make decisions.

Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act

Jeff Sutherland suggests you consider Edward Deming’s PDCA (plan-do- check-act) is an iterative four-step management method used in business for the control and continuous improvement of processes and products.

One Product Owner

Jeff Sutherland suggests having one backlog and one product owner.

Point of Chaos

Jeff Sutherland suggests giving up some control.


QA Inside-Out

Jeff Sutherland said, that in 2006 Palm was trying to build a web operating system.

Roots of the Owner

Jeff Sutherland said: Scrum derives from two Japanese professors from Harvard Business School. 


Scrum is Lean

Jeff Sutherland said, I was at the Lean Enterprise Institute and John Shook, the chairman, gave me a book titled Lean Product and Process Development by Allen Ward.

Scrum Master

Jeff Sutherland suggests the team decides.