Scrum Creator Jeff Sutherland Joins OpenView Venture Partners

by || August 9, 2007

Boston, MA – OpenView Venture Partners today announced that Jeff Sutherland has joined the firm as a Senior Adviser effective August 1, 2007.

Jeff Sutherland is the inventor of the immensely popular Scrum Agile Development Process, the highly effective approach for managing software development teams.

Scrum has attained worldwide fame for its ability to increase the productivity of software teams by several magnitudes through empowering individuals, fostering a team-oriented environment, and focusing on project transparency and results. Companies employing Scrum development processes include Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle, Siemens, SAP, Fidelity, British Telecom, The BBC, and many others, large and small.

Jeff is also known as one of the signatories of the Agile Manifesto, helping in the creation of the Agile Alliance, which brings all Agile development processes under one common umbrella. In addition, Jeff has served as the CTO of several notable organizations, on the Microsoft Business Framework Advisory Council, and has traveled the globe extensively coaching development organizations in the US, Europe, and Latin America.

“We are tremendously excited to welcome Jeff to the OpenView team. Jeff’s thought leadership and immense experience in helping businesses create extremely high performing teams are invaluable for us and for our portfolio companies,” said Scott Maxwell, OpenView’s founder and Senior Managing Director.”

Jeff is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the U.S. Air Force’s Top Gun program, and has served as a Phantom jet fighter commander in over 100 reconnaissance missions during combat operations. Jeff also received advanced degrees from Stanford University and the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine.

“I am delighted to join the OpenView team,” said Jeff Sutherland, “and am very much looking forward to helping OpenView’s portfolio companies optimize their development processes and unlock their full potential.”

At OpenView, Jeff will be an adviser to the investment team and provide coaching to OpenView’s portfolio companies in the use of agile development techniques.

About OpenView Venture Partners

OpenView Venture Partners is an expansion stage venture capital fund with a focus on high-growth software, Internet, and technology-enabled companies. Through its staff of seasoned operating executives who collectively bring several decades of technology & management experience to the firm, OpenView is able to help portfolio companies with quickly ramping up sales, marketing and product development functions to best practice levels. The firm was founded in 2006 by Scott Maxwell with an inaugural fund encompassing $100 million in committed capital. OpenView Venture Partners is based in Boston, and invests on a worldwide basis.