ATLIS Reads SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Our year-long book seminar for technology thought leaders continues with this guest post from Jason Kern, Assistant Head of School for Innovation and Learning, All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler, TX, who previews SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland. You can learn more and register for ATLIS Reads here. Upcoming books for our ATLIS Reads conversations include Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin, and Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott. -- SD [10-minute read]


ATLIS Reads: A Book Seminar for Technology Thought Leaders
2020-2021 Theme: Leading Schools Amid Rapid Change
November Selection: Jeff Sutherland, SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

November 18, 1 pm Eastern

Registration includes 4 webinar conversations and 1 reflective micro-course; FREE to ATIS Members; $129 for non-members. Learn more and register for ATLIS Reads here.

Guest Blogger and Conversation Leader
Jason Kern
Assistant Head of School for Innovation and Learning
All Saints Episcopal School
Tyler, TX 

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Do you find yourself wondering that there must be a better way to get things done?

Three years ago one of our community partners at All Saints Episcopal School turned us onto Scrum and a new way of tackling project management and leadership. We thought it was not only a great way to push forward projects, but also a roadmap to how our students may have to think differently in their future endeavors. So we had our entire faculty read the book. 

In SCRUM Jeff Sutherland explains an agile framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining cross-functional projects. It focuses on team performance through short meetings called stands. It breaks down projects into a backlog of activities that lead to time-based sprints based on the velocity of your organization. It then OODA loops through iteration and reflection.

We will review how, at All Saints, we have taken these principles and tweaked them to help us take ideas from concepts to completion in record time while continuing to inspire our faculty, staff, and students to do more with less time investment. Within our current landscape, Scrum has allowed us to focus on the important projects and break down projects into these small sprints to push forward initiatives while trying to not overwhelm everyone. 

Discussion Questions

  1. What velocity is your school currently working at? Do you want to increase that pace and bring more cross-functional teaming into your process? How can small sprints help you maintain some forward movement while not allowing projects to appear overwhelming?
  2. As we began reading Scrum, we noticed that some of our most successful projects had been unconsciously using some of the principles. Can you identify any ways you are already using any of the Scrum principles and how that affects those projects?
  3. How do you currently conduct meetings with cross-functional teams, and do you think any of the Scrum principles could improve your meeting process?
  4. Where in your school could you use the principle of sprints? Would it work best with faculty, staff and/or students? Would it work better with a specific department or group in your school?
  5. How are you reflecting and documenting your current initiatives so you can improve your future project process? Do you think the OODA loop concept could improve your current process?



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