The People’s Scrum

Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation

By Tobias Mayer, with a foreword by Ron Jeffries and afterword by Lyssa Adkins

Tobias Mayer is known in the agile community as a brilliant and evangelical orator, an innovative trainer and an extraordinary trouble maker. You could call him the Hunter S. Thompson of the software arena, and no one who knows him would laugh. This book is a collection of essays drawn from his writing over the past seven years on the blogs Agile Thinking and Agile Anarchy, missives from the front lines of agile practice that represent the next generation of thinking on conventional agile topics like self-organization, technical debt and estimation–and utterly original writing on new topics like organizational anarchy, corporate oppression, the effect of testosterone on business practices, and artisanal product development.

Moving beyond the mere how-to, this is a book to excite the emotions and the intellect in those of us who have chosen the path of scrum to guide us in our work lives. Not since Paul Graham’s Hackers and Painters has the discussion of software development been elevated to this level of world-view-changing discourse. In Tobias Mayer, technology has an exciting new voice to lead us into the brave new world of agile practice.

About the Author

Tobias Mayer has a background in software development, publishing, theatre arts, and community service work. For the past seven years he has worked as a change agent, trainer and facilitator, providing coaching and consulting services to teams and organizations wishing to make a transition to more agile, trustful and team-centered ways of working. An online essayist, Tobias blogs at, where he frequently challenges the status quo, and offers ideas to inspire other practitioners in the organizational development field. Tobias is the editor of the Silicon Valley literary journal 113 Crickets, also published by Dymaxicon.

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