Jutta Eckstein

Regional Scrum Gathering Belgrade 2022! Uncover hidden costs of delay.

Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an Agile transition. She has unique experience in applying Agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects.

Jutta Eckstein has recently pair-written with John Buck a book entitled Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy (dubbed BOSSA nova). Besides that, she has published her experience in her books Agile Software Development in the Large, Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams, Retrospectives for Organizational Change, and (together with Johanna Rothman) Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering the Cost of Delay in your Project Portfolio.

Jutta Eckstein is a member of the Agile Alliance (having served the board of directors from 2003-2007). Moreover, she’s a member of the program committee of many different American, Asian, and European conferences. There, she frequently presents her work. She holds a M.A. in Business Coaching & Change Management, a Dipl.Eng. (MSc.) in Product-Engineering, a B.A. in Education. Furthermore, she is trained as a pollution control commissioner on ecological environmentalism.

For all that reasons, we are honored to meet this kind of expert and to host her for the first time at Regional Scrum Gathering Belgrade 2022.


Topic: “Increasing Productivity by Uncovering Costs of Delay” by Jutta Eckstein (#Agile)

“How does a project get to be a year late? … One day at a time.”  Fred Brooks

So wisely said, don’t you think?

Lean Development and queuing theories offer help so that this won’t happen. The suggested remedy is to implement a steady flow in order to achieve maximum productivity. However, most teams and organizations are far from reaching that goal. Moreover, it is often unclear which approach leads to what kind of delay. In-depth examination shows how generally accepted concepts (Definition of Ready, Clean Code, or experts in a team) can lead to costs of delay.

In this session, Jutta presents simple tools and methods for uncovering hidden costs of delay. These tools and methods can be applied in various contexts: In small and large teams as well as in co-located and distributed teams. Using an agile approach will help to make these costs visible.