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Agile Project Management with Scrum (Developer Best Practices) [Kindle Edition]

Ken Schwaber
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Book Description

The rules and practices for Scrum—a simple process for managing complex projects—are few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itself—its lack of prescription—can be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results. In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessons—the successes and failures—culled from his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management. Through them, you’ll understand how to use Scrum to solve complex problems and drive better results—delivering more valuable software faster.

Gain the foundation in Scrum theory—and practice—you need to:

  • Rein in even the most complex, unwieldy projects
  • Effectively manage unknown or changing product requirements
  • Simplify the chain of command with self-managing development teams
  • Receive clearer specifications—and feedback—from customers
  • Greatly reduce project planning time and required tools
  • Build—and release—products in 30-day cycles so clients get deliverables earlier
  • Avoid missteps by regularly inspecting, reporting on, and fine-tuning projects
  • Support multiple teams working on a large-scale project from many geographic locations
  • Maximize return on investment!

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About the Author

A 30-year veteran of the software development industry, Ken Schwaber is a leader of the agile process revolution and one of the developers of the Scrum process. A signatory of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, he subsequently founded the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance. Ken authored Agile Project Management with Scrum and coauthored Agile Software Development with Scrum and has helped train more than 47,000 certified ScrumMasters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OR1XHY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Read August 21, 2009
By Jim
I purchased the book hoping it would provide real content about the rules and practices of Scrum. Instead, the author appears intent upon using the book to drive business to his Scrum certification business. He touts platitudes about "the rules of Scrum", but provides little substance. Outside of the basics -- that can be learned by simply searching for "Scrum" in a search engine -- the book offers little insight into how Scrum Masters conduct themselves differently than Project Managers. If you're looking for valuable insight into Scrum, skip this book. It was a waste of my money. One last gripe: The author wastes no opportunity to slam traditional Project Managers and projects run under the procedures of non-agile methodologies. Clearly, he has never worked for a good technical Project Manager on a well-run project. Contrary to his opinion, both do exist.
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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good general introduction to the concepts January 24, 2005
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The book was an easy read and provided a fair but light treatment of Scrum. The numerous examples provide a good illustration of some of the key concepts of the method and help in better understanding implementation issues and lessons learned. This being said, a complete understanding of Scrum requires additional reading above and beyond this book, and most importantly a good solid (if not many) attempt at applying it in the real world. For individuals interested in Scrum, I would also recommend a very active discussion group to which the book's author and many other Scrum aficionados contribute regularly: [...]
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sales pitch not information February 8, 2008
This book is a sales pitch for agile project management, not a book on how to use it. There is chapter after chapter with the same format. 1) describe long list of problems company has, 2) implement agile 3) magic happens. There is a small amount of information on agile and how to use it.
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real world guide to implementing Scrum correctly. March 4, 2004
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Our organization recently implemented Scrum, and although the
Beedle/Schwaber book was great to get us off the ground on Scrum
theory, we immediately had many questions once we actually tried to implement it in real life projects. I agree with the notion that Scrum is conceptually easy to understand, but actually quite complex to implement correctly. The scrum forum has been helpful, but we really needed a cohesive reference of situational problems. The APMWS book really hit the nail on the head and delivered what we needed the most: a practical guide to Scrum with anecdotes and "what happens if..." situations from real world Scrum implementations. This came just in time for us, and we are feeling more confident for our upcoming certification class.
The appendices in the back are also very helpful. The "Rules"
appendix is perfect as a quick introduction to Scrum for new Team
members and Product Owners. It's actually quite detailed for being such a short appendix.
Also, for newbies the three main Roles are very nicely explained. We had some misconceptions that were immediately addressed by this book.
Anyway, from a Scrum newbie that is faced with implementation issues, thanks to Ken for putting together a real world implementation guide.
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Learn Scrum by reading stories of its use February 26, 2004
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Agile Project Management with Scrum is a wonderful book. The author, Ken Schwaber (one of the originators of the Scrum process), informs us through case studies and anecdotes. If you like learning by example, this book is for you. Scrum is quite likely the best starting point for most companies interested in pursuing an agile development process. The readability and excellent anecdotes in this book make it a fantastic starting point for any journey into agile development.
I loved seeing how Schwaber applied Scrum in many varying situations. Rather than introducing each case study one at a time, the book is organized around key areas. Multiple anecdotes are given for each key area. Throughout each chapter, Schwaber brings the anecdotes together in Lessons Learned sections and the chapters conclude by helping point out the conclusions we learn to draw from the anecdotes.
I appreciated that Schwaber was not shy about mentioning projects that didn't go perfectly-including one he got fired from for being too zealous in his role of sheepdog guarding his flock of developers.
Although this book is ostensibly about software development, Scrum has its roots in general new product development and can (and has been) applied to a wide variety of development projects. A problem with a process like Scrum is that it is best learned by "feeling it" rather than being told about it. There are many subtle differences between Scrum and a more command-and-control management process. Learning Scrum by reading a book filled with examples like this is the best way to get the feel for how to use it on your own projects.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Agile Methodology June 10, 2005
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Reading this book won't turn you into a ScrumMaster- only experience with a few projects will do that- but this book really has all the information you need to start to implement the Scrum agile methodology in your company or department.

I've been trained in two seperate PMI-certified methodologies, and both have been complete failures in my organizations. The response, of course, has been to bring in a third methodology. The real reason for the failures has been that traditional project managment as it is usually practiced is designed to fail. It encourages the creation of fictions that live a seperate existence form the actual project, with due dates dictated from above, and project schedules fudged to meet due dates rather than actual resources. In my own organization, we had a typical example of what happens in traditional "waterfall" development: A massive project to replace our main administrative system was ticking towards a June delivery (according to the detailed MS Project charts) and then, 30 days prior to delivery, it was announced that the delivery date had been pushed back an entire year!

This can't happen with Scrum. Scrum reflects what's really happening in a project, and it encourages incremental development- prioritizing requirements, and delivering them in their order of need, instead of trying to deliver a complete project with every single componant at a certain date. It's also one of the least onerous of methodologies. As a Scrum Master friend notes, "It's the simplest methodology you can implement that will actually deliver results".

It does requrie some changes in how things are done in the traditional organizations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A must-read for any Agilist!
Who better to teach about Scrum than Ken Schwaber? This book provides an exceptional foundation for understanding Scrum in the real world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Alexander
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very little substance or useful information. More of a sales pitch for getting certified.
Published 3 months ago by Patrick King
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for Agile PMs
Generally solid Agile book. Ken Schwaber is a master, I am the Director of an Agile Enterprise Project Management Office and this is essential reading for all members of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew McKnight
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great resource for ideas for applying Scrum to a range of complex projects across industries. I felt it greatly contributed to my understanding.
Published 4 months ago by Kevin S
4.0 out of 5 stars good for improving but not to learn scrum
Not a book for new joiners, but a great one for shortly experienced scrumers. The author is a world wide reference sharing real world situations and lessons learned.
Published 4 months ago by guilherme piccin
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived as promised.
Arrived as promised.
Published 5 months ago by Gretchen Gottlich
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
It is a good primer for those getting introduced to Scrum...
Published 6 months ago by Sanjeev
5.0 out of 5 stars I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone wanting to be a CSM ...
I read this book prior to taking the Certified ScrumMaster Course by Agile Alliance. By reading the book beforehand, information discussed and presented during the class was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben Ruano
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading for PMP reference involving these methodologies
Good reference material for such as myself, not being a Agile or Scrum reference aficionado but as a basic reference which I have used to my advantage.
Published 7 months ago by Joanne Shull
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for understanding Agile concepts
This book is the perfect book for someone wanting to understand the Agile methodology being adapted for many IT projects.
Published 8 months ago by K. B. ODonnell
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More About the Author

Ken Schwaber is president of Advanced Development Methods (ADM), a company dedicated to improving the software development practice. He is an experienced software developer, product manager, and industry consultant. Schwaber initiated the process management product revolution of the early 1990's and also worked with Jeff Sutherland to formulate the initial versions of the Scrum development process.


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