Mike Cohn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mike Cohn
WEB RES-Mike Cohn-©-2016-Hows Your Headshot-6.jpg
Born (1962-08-25) August 25, 1962 (age 60)
Known forFounder of Scrum Alliance
SpouseLaura Cohn

Mike Cohn is one of the contributors to the Scrum software development method.[1] He is one of the founders of the Scrum Alliance.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Anaheim, California, U.S. in 1962, Mike Cohn received his master's degree in computer science from the University of Idaho in northern Idaho.[3] Having a research interest in Agile project management, he specializes in communicating needs and achieving Agile project goals through user stories.[4]


Cohn began his career in the early 1980s as a programmer in APL and BASIC before moving on to C++ and Java and running development groups.[5]

Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software, a process and project management consultancy and training firm.[6] He is the author of Agile Estimating and Planning, User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development and Succeeding with Agile: Software Development using Scrum, as well as books on Java and C++ programming.[7] Cohn was a keynote speaker on ADAPTing to Agile for Continued Success at the Agile 2010 Presented by the Agile Alliance.[8] In 2012, Cohn was named #1 in The Top 20 Most Influential Agile People.[9]

Cohn is a proponent of stand-up meeting, particularly emphasizing actual standing during them.[10] Teams are encouraged to come up with their own rules for improving these meetings, for example fining people who are late to them. A 2011 survey of tech employees from around the world found that 78% held daily stand-up-meetings.[11]


  • Java Developer's Reference (1996)[12]
  • Database Developer's Guide With Borland C++5: (Sams Developers Guide) (1996)[13]
  • Sams Teach Yourself Visual Café 2 in 21 Days (1997)[14]
  • Web Programming With Visual J++ (1997)[15]
  • Mike Cohn (2004). User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development. Addison-Wesley Professional.[16]
  • Mike Cohn (2005). Agile Estimating and Planning. Prentice Hall PTR.[6]
  • Mike Cohn (2009). Succeeding with Agile: Software Development using Scrum. Addison-Wesley Professional.[17]


  1. ^ Denning, Steve (2012-03-01). "The Power of Scrum". Forbes.
  2. ^ "Mike Cohn". ScrumAlliance. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. ^ Cohn, Michael W. (1994). Empirical evaluation of a proposed set of complexity metrics for identifying defect prone classes in object-oriented programs (MS thesis). University of Idaho. OCLC 41823572.
  4. ^ "Mike Cohn". ScrumAlliance.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Video". InformIT. Archived from the original on 2012-01-14.
  6. ^ a b Cohn, Mike (2005-11-01). Agile Estimating and Planning. Prentice Hall.
  7. ^ "Mike Cohn: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  8. ^ "Keynotes". Agile2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2017-03-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ Dolman, Paul (2012-04-01). "The top 20 most influential Agile people". Value, Flow, Quality. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  10. ^ "Hate those endless meetings? Try standing up". Marketplace.org. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  11. ^ "No More Angling for the Best Seat; More Meetings Are Stand-Up Jobs". The Wall Street Journal. 2012-02-02.
  12. ^ Morgan, Bryan; Morrison, Michael; Nygard, Michael T.; Joshi, Dan; Trinko, Tom; Cohn, Mike (1996-11-01). Java Developer's Reference. SAMS.
  13. ^ Hill, Kristy; Rutten, Jay; Gee, Mark; Moran, Jim; Cohn, Mike (1996-05-01). Database Developer's Guide With Borland C++5. SAMS.
  14. ^ Cohn, Mike (1997-09-01). Teach Yourself Visual Cafe 2 in 21 Days. SAMS.
  15. ^ Cohn, Mike; Rutten, Jay; Jory, James (1997-02-01). Web Programming With Visual J++. SAMS.
  16. ^ Cohn, Mike (2004-03-01). User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development. Addison-Wesley.
  17. ^ Cohn, Mike (2009-10-26). Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum. Addison-Wesley Professional.

External links[edit]