As the co-creator of Scrum and an Agile Manifesto author, Jeff Sutherland needs little introduction in the agile community.

Jeff originally designed and developed Scrum based on principles from Takeuchi and Nonaka in their landmark Harvard Business Review article, A New, New Product Development Game.

He also incorporated techniques from his background as a fighter pilot, including Colonel Boyd’s Observe, Orient, Decide, Act or OODA loop.

Along with Ken Schwaber, Jeff has pioneered Scrum over the past 20 years. Today, Scrum is the leading agile methodology, and it forms the base for other scaling methods like the Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe.

I first met Jeff over a decade ago through LitheSpeed’s co-founder Arlen Bankston.  Jeff and Arlen had collaborated overseas, and we have done work together State-side.

We’ve been inspired by Jeff’s example to apply the OODA loop to deal with conditions of extreme uncertainty, especially in the pandemic era.

Most recently, Jeff has been championing Scrum through the Scrum Guide. Jeff and Ken have just released a brand new version of the Scrum Guide, and I hope you check it out!

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