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Apr 28, 2021

Scrum Patterns – Not Just About Sucking a Little Less

In some sense Scrum is simple with only eleven main components, but they interact in powerful and subtle ways.

You can’t appreciate its complex subtleties from a 16-page guide and a two-day course. And, indeed, the evidence is all there that folks don’t understand or even know how the parts work together.

The Scrum Patterns are the new defacto Scrum standard with input from Scrum’s inventor and nineteen colleagues from among the world’s most knowledgeable Scrum people. Collected, researched, and refined over nine years, and ranked #1 among the top 45 new Scrum books of 2019 by BookAuthority, these patterns guide practitioners into an agile rollout of Scrum. Each pattern inspires you to find the development instincts with which you were born, rather than setting a standard against which you should gauge yourself, or preaching a set of rules to follow.

This afternoon’s talk aspires to raise the bar about what Scrum is and can be, and to paint a path to better understanding both the parts of Scrum, and Scrum as a whole, so you can better inspect and adapt your process going forward. To help set the tone of the event, please take the quiz at A Little Scrum Quiz . A free copy of A Scrum Book goes to the individual with the most distinguished score before 26 April.


James “Cope” Coplien has been a programmer, professor, researcher, and executive consultant over his 45-year career. He is widely published in object-oriented design and programming language, as well as in organizational design and development process, including the seminal “Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development.” Scrum’s Daily Scrum came from the research behind that book.

He is the creator of Organizational Patterns and was the Product Owner of and a lead contributor to the recent “A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game,” and a peppering contributor to “97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know.” He lives with his wife, dog, and three horses in Denmark. When he grows up he wants to be an anthropologist.

A huge thank you to this month’s sponsor:

Anthony Mancuso with Randstad Technologies


Agile Carolinas