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Jeff Sutherland, PhD
Founder and Chairman at Scrum Inc..
Boston, MA


Jeff Sutherland is the inventor and Co-Creator of Scrum. He started the first Scrum at Easel Corporation in 1993 and worked with Ken Schwaber to emerge Scrum as a formal process at OOPSLA ’95. Together, they extended and enhanced Scrum at many software companies and IT organizations and helped write the Agile Manifesto.

Jeff is the CEO of Scrum Inc., Chairman of the Scrum Foundation and Agile coach to OpenView Venture Partners which runs all its internal operations with Scrum, as well as over 30 portfolio companies. As Senior Advisor to OpenView he focuses on using Scrum to transform companies as well as empower software developers. Jeff has been VP of Engineering, CTO, or CEO of 11 companies and implemented Scrum in 7 of them including his current company which runs Scrum for sales, marketing, training, consulting, development, finance, and content production. Over 30 years of hands on team building experience gives Jeff's training and consulting unique added value. His experience in teaching Scrum at the Harvard Business School helps with management workshops.

You can also learn from Jeff Sutherland's experience as consultant to the world's leading companies. Their experience can help make your Scrum implementation world class. Jeff's clients where he has onsite experience with Agile transformations include SAP, Simplivity, GE Digital, Massachusettes Institute of Technology, Johnson & Johnson, Capital One, 3M, BBC, Cisco,, Workday, Macy’s, Walmart, Ericsson, Visa, Stubhub, Symantec, Intuit, Twitter, Paypal, Citrix Online, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, MySpace, Adobe, GE, Siemens, Disney Animation, BellSouth, Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent, EMC, GSI Commerce, Ulticom, Palm, St. Jude Medical, DigiChart, RosettaStone, Healthwise, Sony/Ericsson, Accenture, Trifork, Systematic, Exigen Services, SirsiDynix, Softhouse, Philips, Barclays Global Investors, Constant Contact, Wellogic, Inova Solutions, Medco, Saxo Bank, Xebia,, SolutionsIQ, Crisp, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Unitarian Universalist Association, Motley Fool, Planon,itter, Paypal, FinnTech, OpenView Venture Partners, Jyske Bank, BEC, Camp Scrum, DotWay AB, Ultimate Software, Scrum Training Institute, AtTask, Intronis, Version One, OpenView Labs, Central Desktop, Open-E, Zmags, eEye, Reality Digital, DST, Booz Allen Hamilton, Scrum Alliance, Fortis, DIPS, Program UtVikling, Sulake, TietoEnator,, WebGuide Partner, Emergn, NSB (Norwegian Railway), Danske Bank, Pegasystems, Wake Forest University, The Economist, iContact, Avaya, Kanban Marketing, accelare, Tam Tam, Telefonica/O2, iSense/Prowareness, AgileDigm, Highbridge Capital Management, Wells Fargo Bank, Deutsche Bank, Hansenet/Alice, GlobalConnect, U.S. Department of Defense, Agile Lean Training, EvolveBeyond, Good Agile, Océ, aragostTRIFORK, Harvard Business School, Schuberg Philis, ABN/AMRO Bank, Acme Packet, Prognosis, Markem-Imaje International, Sonos, Mevion, Autodesk, First Line Software, SCRUMevents, UPC Cablecom, NIKO, CWS-BOCO, BottomLine, Lean Enterprise Institute, Liberty Global, Monster, Dartmouth University, Health Leads, Samsung R&D Center,, Grameen Foundation, Diplomat, Silicon Valley Leadership Network, Raytheon, Fidelity, John Deere, Mass IT, HP, Lockheed, Saab Defense, European Union, As the inventor of Scrum, he has done training for at least 1000 more companies. This breadth of experience adds significant depth to his training.

In Jeff's courses, participants learn how to create high performing Scrum teams using patterns and techniques he has evolved for hyperproductive teams. There are very few rules to Scrum so it is important to learn its fundamental principles by experiencing them directly from those who have implemented the best Scrums in the software industry. Participants gain hands-on practice with the release backlog, sprint backlog, the daily Scrum meeting, tracking progress with a burndown chart, and more. Participants experience the Scrum process through a “59-minute Scrum” and the "XP Game” which simulate Scrum projects through non-technical group exercises.

Dr. Sutherland's training is helpful to every employee in a Scrum company. Most of his Openview portfolio companies use Scrum in sales, marketing, finance, or in the senior management team, so you will often see these people in his classes. Every developer can benefit by getting a thorough grounding in Scrum basics. Some of Jeff's companies send every employee, including adminstrative assistants to his courses. These companies always experience radical growth and profitablility when everyone in on the same page with the Scrum process. In addition, many Certified ScrumMasters use his courses as a refresher as they often contain advanced material depending on who is in the class. CSMs and CSPs may attend his training at reduced rates.

Work Experience

Scrum Foundation, Chairman
2009-08-10 - Present, Somerville, MA, United States
The Scrum Foundation (formerly Scrum Training Institute) is the premier global provider of certified Scrum training and consulting. Founded by Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum, and leading international Agile experts Gabrielle Benefield, Pete Deemer and Jens Østergaard, Scrum Foundation provides a complete solution for companies seeking high-impact results from Scrum and Agile development.
Scrum Inc., CEO
2006-06-06 - Present, Cambridge, MA, United States
Scrum Inc. is the home of the inventor and Co-Creator of Scrum and continues to provide thought leadership worldwide through workshops, training, consulting, coaching, publications, videos, and other content helpful to companies, management, teams, and individuals implementing Scrum. Through partnerships with leading Scrum practitioners worldwide, Scrum Inc can scale to support large Scrum implementations. We specialize in company transformations by expanding Scrum to all disciplines.
OpenView Venture Partners, Senior Advisor
2006-06-01 - Present, Boston, MA, United States
As Senior Advisor to OpenView, Jeff is the Agile Coach for Openview internal operations and all portfolio companies which represent about a billion dollars of investment.