Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber codified the Scrum Development Framework at the OOPSLA Business Object Design and Implementation Workshop in 1995. Since then, Jeff has continued to be the foremost thought leader in the industry. With his academic background, Jeff understands how important it is to make his ideas visible to the Agile community. Linked and listed below are all his major published papers. For a broad overview, see the Scrum Papers. For the extra curious, a complete list of Jeff’s papers, can be found here.


Published Papers


Teams that Finish Early Accelerate Faster: A Pattern Language for High Performing Scrum Teams

  J. Sutherland, N. Harrison, and  J. Riddle,  IEEE HICSS 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Big Island, Hawaii, 2014.

Hyper-Productive Metrics

S. Downey and J. Sutherland, IEEE HICSS 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Maui, Hawaii, 2013

Scrum in Sales

Rini van Solingen, Jeff Sutherland,  Denny de Waard,  2011

Hitting The Wall: What to Do When High Performing Scrum Teams Overwhelm Operations

J. Sutherland and R. Frohman, IEEE HICSS 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kauai, Hawaii, 2011.

Jeff Sutherland, Ph.D., Scrum Inc., Cambridge Innovation Center 2011

Virtual Reality Meets Scrum: Management to Leadership

D. Friis, J. Ostergaard, and J. Sutherland, IEEE HICSS 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kauai, Hawaii, 2011.

How a Traditional Project Manager Transforms to Scrum: PMBOK vs. Scrum

J. Sutherland and N. Ahmad, presented at Agile 2011, Salt Lake City.

Scrum in Church: Saving the World One Team at a Time

A. Sutherland, J. Sutherland, and C. Hegarty, in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009.

Take No Prisoners: How a Venture Capital Group Does Scrum

J. Sutherland and I. Altman, in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009.

Fully Distributed Scrum: Linear Scalability Between San Francisco & India

J. Sutherland, G. Schoonheim, N. Kumar, V. Pandey, and S. Vishal, in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009.

Shock Therapy: A Bootstrap for Hyper-Productive Scrum

J. Sutherland, S. Downey, and B. Granvik, in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009.

Scrum and CMMI – Going from Good to Great: Are You Ready Ready to Be Done Done

C. Jakobsen and J. Sutherland, in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009.

Fully Distributed Scrum

J. Sutherland, G. Schoonheim, N. Kumar, V. Pandey, and S. Vishal in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009.

Scrum and CMMI Level 5: A Magic Potion for Code Warriors

K. Johnson, C. Jacobson, and J. Sutherland, in SEPG, 2007.

Distributed Scrum: Agile Project Management with Outsourced Development Teams

J. Sutherland, A. Viktorov, J. Blount, & N. Puntikov, IEEE HICSS 40th Hawaii International Conference on Software Systems, 2007.

The Future of Scrum: Parallel Pipelining of Sprints in Complex Projects

J. Sutherland,  in Agile 2005, Denver, CO: IEEE, 2005.

The First Scrum

Jeff Sutherland, Ph.D. PatientKeeper, Inc., 2004

Scrum- A Pattern Language for Software Development

M. Beedle, M. Devos, Y. Sharon, K. Schwaber, and J. Sutherland, vol. 4, N. Harrison, Ed. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 1999, pp. 637-651.

The Emergence of a Business Object Component Architecture

J. Sutherland, ACM StandardViewvol. 6, pp. 4-13, March 1998.


Related Scrum Papers


First Scrum Scaling at IDX Systems 1996-2000: Scrum on Large Projects

Jeff Sutherland, Copyright 2000 – 2014

Three Steps to an Effective Retrospective

Scrum Inc. December 2012

Reporting to Executive Management through Metrics

Brent Barton, Ken Schwaber, Dan Rawsthorne with: Francois Beauregard, Bill McMichael, Jean McAuliffe, Victor Szalvay Scrum Alliance, 2005

The Scrum Development Process

K. Schwaber, “Scrum Development Process,” in OOPSLA Business Object Design and Implementation Workshop, J. Sutherland, D. Patel, C. Casanave, J. Miller, and G. Hollowell, Eds. London: Springer, 1997