As someone who often works with a bunch of software engineers, this book was a lot of fun to read. We tried to apply it on my team at work and it wasn’t really the right fit for us, but I still think there are a lot of take aways for anyone to use. For those who have never heard of it before, scrum is essentially a way to organize a team to get more done and has a whole organizational structure around it. If you hear words like “sprint” or “epic” or “kanban” than there is a chance someone is using some form of what is called the Agile framework. Agile is an alternative method of project management, as opposed to the more typical waterfall method.

Things can get pretty deep, pretty quickly so I won’t go into detail here but suffice it to say, if you are interested in project management, read this book. It is great and Jeff Sutherland has a lot of great stories from his career to make the reading engaging.

Favorite Idea

This book called out something that I do all the time as horribly wasteful, fixing mistakes later. Often when I am in the middle of a project, I will see a small mistake and rather than fixing it right then, I will say I am going to come back to it later. I am in the groove so I just want to keep going.

Research with software companies showed that going back and fixing code later versus fixing it while originally working on it took up to 24 times as long. This makes sense. If you don’t fix something while in the middle of a project you have to remember the context of the mistake and get yourself back into the right mindset to make the change.

Favorite Quotes

There is no effort without error and shortcoming.

There is a much large difference in team performance than there is in individual performance.

If you think your good at it, your actually worse than everyone else.

Other Notes

Levels of Mastery

  • Shu: you know the rules
  • Ha: you can innovate w/in the rules
  • Ri: you can disregard the rules

Three Kinds of Waste

  • Mur: Waste through unreasonableness
  • Mura: Waste through inconsistency
  • Muda: Waste through outcomes

People don’t multitask because they are good at it, they multitask because they are easily distracted.

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