Mike Cohn

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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] He is the owner of Mountain Goat Software, a company that provides training on Scrum and Agile software development techniques.

He 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.[3] Cohn ran his first Scrum project in 1995 and has been a vocal proponent of Scrum ever since.

He has served as Vice President of Development at four different companies that successfully employed agile concepts and strategies and been a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from start-up to Fortune 40.

Cohn 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[4] and articles for Better Software, IEEE Computer, Software Test and Quality Engineering, Agile Times, Cutter IT Journal, and the C++ Users' Journal. He is also the editor of the Addison-Wesley Mike Cohn Signature Series of books. Cohn was a Keynote Speaker on ADAPTing to Agile for Continued Success at the Agile 2010 Presented by the Agile Alliance.[5] In 2012, Cohn was named #1 in The Top 20 Most Influential Agile People.[6]

Cohn is an avid proponent of stand-up meeting, particularly emphasizing actual standing during them.[7] 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.[8]

As a Certified Scrum Trainer and a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM, he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. As a trainer, he helped popularize Planning poker, a version of which his company provides as a free online planning tool called PlanningPoker.com.


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


  1. ^ Denning, Steve (2012-03-01). "The Power of Scrum". Forbes.
  2. ^ "Mike Cohn". ScrumAlliance. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. ^ "Video". InformIT. Archived from the original on 2012-01-14.
  4. ^ "Mike Cohn: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  5. ^ "Keynotes". Agile2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2017-03-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Dolman, Paul (2012-04-01). "The top 20 most influential Agile people". Value, Flow, Quality. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  7. ^ "Hate those endless meetings? Try standing up". Marketplace.org. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  8. ^ "No More Angling for the Best Seat; More Meetings Are Stand-Up Jobs". The Wall Street Journal. 2012-02-02.

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