JJ Sutherland


Chief Content Officer, Scrum Inc

Location: Washington, DC


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner


JJ is the Chief Content Officer of Scrum Inc. A thought leader in Scrum, he articulates how Scrum can be used both within and beyond a technical context. He also works with people at every level of an organization to help them succeed with their vision as they work within an Agile framework.

Prior to working at Scrum Inc. JJ was an Executive Producer at NPR specializing in startups and building teams to tackle the most difficult stories of a generation from 9/11 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a correspondent and producer he worked in conflict zones across the planet, from the bombed out streets of Beirut and Baghdad, to the devastated cities of Japan after the Tsunami, to Tahrir Square in Cairo. He has been recognized with multiple Peabody, DuPont, Overseas Press Club, Associated Press, and Edward R. Murrow awards over the course of his career.

Work experience

Scrum Inc., Chief Content Officer
March 2010 - Present, Cambridge, MA, United States
Responsible for all public content produced by Scrum Inc. Co-authors books, websites, pamphlets, handbooks, newsletters. Also responsible for all Scrum content online, including ScrumLab, an online repository for all things Scrum by Jeff Sutherland, the co-Creator of Scrum. Co-teaches CSM and CSPO courses with Jeff Sutherland. Consults and coaches companies, institutions, teams and individuals on implementing and succeeding with Scrum.

NPR, Producer, Correspondent, Management
June 2000 - December 2012, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
As a producer I’ve been the go-to person for all of NPR’s crisis situation coverage. Just during the spring of 2011, I travelled from Egypt to Japan to Libya to manage NPR’s coverage of some of the most extraordinary news events in a generation. I’ve also reported from the Pentagon, Iraq and Afghanistan. For the past 7 years I’ve made frequent trips to Iraq, managing the bureau in Baghdad, overseeing the local staff, establishing contacts and sources. I’ve also managed bureaus in New Orleans, Northern Japan, Cairo, Beirut and Benghazi. Whether it be a terrorist attack in London, or a war, I am the go-to person who called on to manage the situation, often at a moment’s notice. My state-side responsibilities extend to production of every program broadcast by NPR, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation. I was also a regular contributor to NPR’s online coverage, and was NPR's first blogger I used Scrum in various ways at NPR as a Scum Master. Most notably in NPR's coverage of the Arab Spring in 2011, which won every major broadcast journalism award. Acting Managing Editor, Online National Public Radio 2006 – 2007 (1 year) Managed all online news content on NPR.org. Led a team of more than 20; handed-out daily assignments and special projects. Oversaw a major expansion of the online news effort, hiring and supervising a constantly growing team. I also led the merger of the online and broadcast newsrooms at NPR, integrating two teams with distinct cultures. Executive Producer, Day to Day National Public Radio 2002 – 2004 (2 years) Conceived, managed, and launched NPR’s Day to Day, NPR’s first new daily newsmagazine in 20 years. Hired and managed a staff of 17 including hosts, reporters, editors and producers. This was the first program to be produced at NPR West, NPR’s facility in Culver City, CA. Executive Producer, The Tavis Smiley Show National Public Radio 2001 – 2002 (1 year) Launched NPR’s first major diversity issues targeted program The Tavis Smiley Show including everything from devising the show structure, hiring the staff, and supervising the building of the studios. I led a team of eight people in the effort. Sr. Supervising Producer, The Way In National Public Radio 2000 – 2001 (1 year) I was recruited by NPR to launch a new daily newsmagazine for the then new service of satellite radio. I hired a staff of 8, conceived the broadcast and launched it in January of 2001. On 9/11 I produced NPR’s continuing coverage of the attack and its aftermath.