Distributed Scrum: Agile Project Management with Outsourced Development

Written by Jeff Sutherland, Anton Victorov, and Jack Blount, this paper analyzes and recommends new best practices for globally distributed agile teams.

Toyota routinely achieves four times the productivity and twelve times the quality of competitors. Can Scrum do the same for globally distributed teams? Two agile companies, SirsiDynix using Scrum, and StarSoft Development Labs using Scrum with some XP engineering practices, achieved comparable performance developing a Java application with over 1,000,000 lines of code. SirsiDynix best practices are similar to those observed on distributed Scrum teams at IDX Systems, radically different than those promoted by PMBOK, and counterintuitive to some practices advocated by the Scrum Alliance.

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