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J.J. Sutherland
Chief Product Owner at Scrum Inc..
Washington, D.C.


J.J. Sutherland is the Chief Product Owner of Scrum, Inc. He is the coauthor of the best-selling book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. He focuses on inspiring, educating, and coaching Agile leadership teams and using Scrum and Agile in domains reaching far beyond software development. J.J. is an award-winning journalist, recognized for his groundbreaking coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, and 9/11 for NPR.

Work Experience

Scrum Inc., Chief Content Officer
2010-03-01 - 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
2000-06-15 - 2012-12-11, 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 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.