Presentation: "Fully Distributed Scrum: The Secret Sauce for Hyperproductive Outsourced Development Teams"

Time: Wednesday 14:40 - 15:30

Location: Kammermusik


Scrum was designed to achieve a hyperproductive state where productivity increases by 5-10 times over industry averages and many collocated teams have achieved this effect. The question for this talk is whether distributed, outsourced teams can consistently achieve the hyperproductive state. In particular, can a team establish a localized velocity and then maintain or increase that velocity when distributing teams across continents.

In 2006, Xebia (Netherlands) started localized projects with half Dutch and half Indian team members. After establishing a localized velocity of 5 times their waterfall competitors on the same project, they moved the Indian members of the team to India and showed increasing velocity with fully distributed teams. Running XP engineering practices inside many distributed Scrum projects, Xebia has systematically productized a model very similar to the SirsiDynix model for high performance, distributed, outsourced teams with outstanding high quality. The fully distributed model is now the recommended standard for high performance distributed Scrum when organizations can pass the "Nokia test for Scrum implementation" and fully implement XP engineering practices in their Scrum teams.

There is a full length paper that will be avalable at the session and presentation and discussion will address the following key points:

-Outsourcing Models

-Strengthening the distributed team model

-Process over culture

-Soft factors

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CTO Guido Schoonheim, Xebia

CTO Guido  Schoonheim

Guido Schoonheim is an Agile fanatic with a specific focus on Scrum, organizational patterns and distributed development. In the past Guido has worked as project manager, architect, agile adoption coach, scrum master, product owner and of course as JEE developer.

As CTO of Xebia he is responsible for the technical excellence and the local and international positioning of the company. For this he focuses on the companies JEE expertise using Agile methods and Offshoring. He developed the Xebia model for Fully Distributed Scrum model that is part of this talk.

Fascinated by India with her strong contrasts and infinite possibilities he believes very strongly in the combination of Agile and Offshoring to get the best of both without compromising on either. With focus on people and their interactions using strong guiding principles the cultural difference, timezones and distance are no issue at all.

CEO Jeff Sutherland, Scrum Inc.

CEO Jeff  Sutherland

Dr. Sutherland started his career as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. His last two tours of duty were at Stanford University where he received a M.S. in Statistics and the United States Air Force Academy where he taught Mathematics, Statistics, and Probability. In 1975 he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Medical School where he received a Ph.D.. As Asst. Prof. of Radiology, Biometrics, and Preventive Medicine he co-founded the Center for Vitamins and Cancer Research under the sponsorship of Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling and for eight years was the Principle Investigator of a multimillion dollar National Cancer Center research grant that ran all IT programs for the Colorado Regional Cancer Center. This included data collection on all cancer patients in Colorado and integration with a national registry, as well as clinical trials, epidemiological studies, and research on supercomputer mathematical models of carcinogenesis.

In 1983 he joined a banking company that serviced 150 banks throughout North America where he was VP of Advanced Systems and General Manager of their ATM business unit. He has been VP of Engineering and CTO of nine software companies. In the first four companies he prototyped Scrum and in the fifth company created Scrum as we know it today. His last four companies have been totally Scrum where teams have consistently demonstrated hyperproductivity. In 2001 he was a Signatory of the Agile Manifesto. His last company, PatientKeeper, performs at 10 times the speed of their outsourcing partner and is the first company to use Scrum to achieve a hyperproductive revenue state, quadrupling their revenue in 2007.

Jeff is currently the Chairman of the Scrum Training Institute, CEO of Scrum, Inc., and Senior Advisor to OpenView Venture Partners where he is Agile Coach for the venture group and their 20 portfolio companies.