[*Update – See Jeff Sutherlands response to this here]
Renee Troughton, author of The Agile Forest has come upon something quite fascinating. So fascinating, I was literally glued to my seat as I read. Here are the top level details of what she found out:
- Since 2002, Jeff Sutherland (Co-Founder of Scrum), has been a chief proponent of Frequency Application Technology to help heal your body and mind through the Frequency Foundation.
- This “technology” was founded by Royal Rife and eventually discredited by the medical profession in the 1950’s.
- Because this is not a proven science, a disclaimer is held on the website: “Because of the lack of FDA or other federal or state government approval of tests, procedures or information provided, I understand that results can only be accepted for their entertainment value.”
- You can pay $200 for “Remote Analysis” where your photos you send in are analyzed by microscopes.
“This is not a post to extol or demerit the virtues of Scrum, but if it’s founder is caught up in an environment that denies scientific tests, that is concerned by agents investigating him and has limited technical depth in simplistic things such as photo resolutions then what does that mean for the Scrum community?
I do understand that science theories such as Evolution were discredited by the mainstream population and even officially by the US government for a portion of time but we are talking about a science community that has recently tested and debunked this theory. A theory that has reached the courts and lost several times.
The believer in this theory, Jeff Sutherland, is still trying to sell his $200US solution to anyone desperate for an answer.
Are we being led by a knowledge founder that doesn’t believe in metrics; a leader that doesn’t stop when faced with facts? Does this call into question why Scrum is so slow to adopt change and new concepts?
Are we being led by a knowledge founder that peddles $200US entertainment solutions. Where does “working software” (solutions) fit in here?
How does this fit against the Scrum community’s ethic of openness? How does this fit against “We would rather say, ‘no,’ then make false promises.”
Are there any relationships between Scrum’s method of training and Frequency Foundation?
Is there any link to the Frequency Foundation and the split of the Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org?”
[See the Renee’s original post here]
What do you think?