Jeff Sutherland has recently had some of his extracurricular activities looked into, namely the Frequency Foundation (blogged about on AgileForest, Software Architecture Blog, and reported on AgileScout and InfoQ). This initiative has had years of research behind it, and I reached out to Jeff to discuss it a bit.
Needless to day, after our discussion, I learned a lot. I asked Jeff if I could republish one of his emails to me. Details below:
|Jeff Sutherland <firstname.lastname@example.org>||Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM|
To: Peter Saddington <email@example.com>
My stated goal for 20 years has been to change the world of medicine
just as we have changed the world of software development. I have also
repeatedly stated publicly that the medical device technology I have
worked with for two decades will be the basis of my next company
sometime in the next 20 years when the FDA supports deployment.
I’m working with medical device companies with Scrum. One of them is
building a 50 ton
proton beam excelerator for next generation treatment of cancer. They
are already doing Scrum in software and want to move their hardware
teams to Scrum. Their product is approved by the FDA and costs 25M which
is 10% of the cost of a similar device at Mass General. The price is
dropping radically for these technologies.
My goal is to do the same thing with a device that costs about the
same as a personal computer (and has no radiation exposure). We need a
young version of Bill Gates to lead the charge.
I have a Ph.D. in this area, 11 years on the faculty of the Univ. of
Colorado Medical School funded by the National Cancer Institute, much
published research, and am still, the last time I checked, one of only
300 scientists in the U.S. authorized to lead grants funded by NCI.
Everything I’ve done has been public on the web for more than a decade
to assist other researchers in this area at MIT and elsewhere.
Jeff Sutherland, Ph.D.
CEO, Scrum, Inc.
Mr. Sutherland is not ashamed nor hiding his years of work and service in this area. It is quite apparent that Jeff is working diligently to help the world, regardless of detractors, naysayers, and the like. For this, we can hope that he succeeds.