For Maximum Awesome: An Interview with Joe Justice


Joe Justice is a consultant at Scrum Inc. and inventor of the Extreme Manufacturing project management method. He also is the founder of Team WIKISPEED, an all-Scrum volunteer-based, "green” automotive prototyping company.


Joe Justice will be giving a keynote presentation titled For Maximum Awesome at Agile Development Conference & Better Software Conference West 2014, which will take place June 1-6, 2014.

About For Maximum Awesome:

An agile hardware and engineering company of five hundred collaborators in twenty countries, Team WIKISPEED uses test-first development practices, is run by Scrum teams, and produces road-legal cars, microhouses, and social-good projects. Joe Justice shares how their one hundred-miles-per-gallon road car was created in just three months through object-oriented design, iterative development, and agile project management. Joe describes how agile software techniques are applied to physical engineering and manufacturing and how cross-functional team members can eliminate the constraints we imagine around traditional manufacturing. He shares the design and development of their ultra-efficient, modular cars and their clients' projects in satellites, laboratory equipment, missile systems, radio systems, medical devices, software projects, service deliveries, marketing, finance, HR, and other areas. Hear examples of exactly how to launch or relaunch your projects and organization with Joe’s methods. Get inspired to change your world for the better.


Cameron Philipp-Edmonds: Today we have Joe Justice. Joe is a consultant at Scrum Inc. and the inventor of the Extreme Manufacturing project management method. He’s also the founder of Team WIKISPEED, an all-Scrum volunteer-based, “green” automotive prototyping company.

Joe Justice: Totally—exactly right.

CP: All right. Joe is a principal thought leader in Scrum. He’s a TEDx speaker and a coach for agile hardware and manufacturing teams worldwide. He consults and coaches teams on implementing Scrum at all organizational levels, both in software and physical manufacturing. He’s been featured in Forbes, CNNMoney, and on the Discovery Channel. Joe has been widely recognized for his work in reducing time to value in organizations globally and within Team WIKISPEED. Did we cover everything?

JJ: Oh, my goodness. Yeah, that’s right, I’m a principal consultant at Scrum Inc.—Scrum Incorporated—based in Boston, but we're global. I just got back from Amsterdam and Munich, Germany, the week before, a few days before that, and head off to India shortly—all from Scrum Incorporated to do that work. Then, I’m next to the WIKISPEED in Lynnwood, Washington, shop right now, and I can look outside the window and I can see car number one. I can see our first micro-house prototype to help make a dent in involuntary homelessness.

CP: OK, awesome. Working at Scrum Incorporated, you also get to work directly with Jeff Sutherland, who is the cocreator of Scrum. What’s it like working with Jeff?

JJ: Oh, my gosh. I imagine it’s, for a lot of folks, getting to work with a guru. I’ll be coaching a team and they’ll have a question about the way they run the daily meeting. Jeff might be involved, and he’ll walk in and say, “Well, when we first started the daily meeting in 1994, this was the research that we based that on. Here is why we kicked that off.” It’s phenomenal. Instead of just getting good practices from Jeff, you get the origin every time. Then you usually get a set of five or more evidence-based studies and academic white papers because he’s a PhD statistician, and that’s exactly how he thinks and how he’s wired. So it’s a deluge of data and of evidence for each and every practice constantly, and also all the background. It’s phenomenal. For a process nerd like me, it’s like working with a rock star.


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