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Agile Software Development with Scrum (Series in Agile Software Development) [Paperback]

Ken Schwaber , Mike Beedle
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October 21, 2001 0130676349 978-0130676344 1

eXtreme Programming is an ideal many software shops would love to reach, but with the constant pressures to produce software quickly, they cannot actually implement it. The Agile software process allows a company to implement eXtreme Programming quickly and immediately-and to begin producing software incrementally in as little as 30 days! Implementing eXtreme Programming is easier said than done. The process can be time consuming and actually slow down current software projects that are in process. This book shows readers how to use SCRUM, an Agile software development process, to quickly and seamlessly implement XP in their shop-while still producing actual software. Using SCRUM and the Agile process can virtually eliminate all downtime during an XP implementation.

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"Agile development methods are key to the future of flexible software systems. Scrum is one of the vanguards of the new way to buy and manage software development when business conditions are changing. This book distills both the theory and practice and is essential reading for anyone who needs to cope with software in a volatile world." — Martin Fowler, industry consultant and CTO, ThoughtWorks

"Most executives today are not happy with their organization's ability to deliver systems at reasonable cost and timeframes. Yet, if pressed, they will admit that they don't think their software developers are not competent. If it's not the engineers, then what is it that prevents fast development at reasonable cost? Scrum gives the answer to the question and the solution to the problem. — Alan Buffington, industry consultant, former Present, Fidelity Systems Company

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Arguably the most important book about managing technology and systems development efforts, this book describes building systems using the deceptively simple process, Scrum. Readers will come to understand a new approach to systems development projects that cuts through the complexity and ambiguity of complex, emergent requirements and unstable technology to iteratively and quickly produce quality software.

  • Learn how to immediately start producing software incrementally regardless of existing engineering practices or methodologies
  • Learn how to simplify the implementation of Agile processes
  • Learn how to simplify XP implementation through a Scrum wrapper
  • Learn why Agile processes work and how to manage them
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of Agile processes

Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (October 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130676349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130676344
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Everybody loves this book, but... April 30, 2005
...the book itself isn't really that great. SCRUM has some very interesting ideas about managing a software project, but the book is just OK. I seem to remember him saying that "it was done quickly, just in time for a conference" on his blog at one point. However, if you're going to try some SCRUM, you'll want to read this.

Additionally, you'll need this book if you're going to read his other SCRUM book (Agile Project Management w/ SCRUM) from Microsoft Press, because you'll want the background from this book for that one.

One thing that is not covered in this book is how you get management approval when you have a "process by not having a process," or how SCRUM might scale to more that 7-11 people (other than a SCRUM of SCRUMs.)
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, wish I had it earlier April 1, 2003
SCRUM is a "light weight wrapper" of techniques to manage and guide your software projects. Actually, you could use it on a lot of other types of projects, but software is its best use.
What's unique is that it wraps around the "Design it first" school that I follow, as well as the Extreme Programming (XP) school that follows a proto-typing approach.
SCRUM provides the mechanisms for organizing and controlling the development of your software project. You develop a short list of deliverables for the next 30 days and have a series of daily meetings. Oh, there's more to it than this.
In software projects I have followed a process where the design is fully thought out in advance. I say it is 85 % accurate as I know that mid-course corrections will be made as the software is developed and delivered to the client.
On large projects we typically work in 2 week deliverables, the author suggests 30 day "sprints". We break all the projects up into many packages of deliverables. One advantage to this was the client could see progress, give on course corrections, and you'd be sure to get paid. On small projects we have not followed any formal procedures.
What SCRUM does is give me a better, more thought out process for what the author calls these 30 day "sprints." I wish I had read this book earlier.
I picked up the book at a computer store and bought it reluctantly. I had heard good things about SCRUM, but the book looked too small and a quick read at the store didn't really turn me on that much.
But after I sat down to read it at home, I was very pleased. It is a very well-underlined book now.
I agree with the XP folks on the productivity of 2 person programming teams and have found their "test first" approach to be very interesting.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This is the book I've been wanted for years. Until this book, the Scrum development process was not very well known and was documented only piecemeal in a couple of papers and websites. Finally, there's a book a that covers everything you need to know to run your software project using Scrum.
Schwaber is the "Godfather of Scrum" and essentially invented the techniques; Beedle was one of the first converts to Scrum and together they definitely know their stuff.
The book covers everything from the theoretical basis for Scrum to how to organize your teams, conduct daily Scrum meetings to keep things moving along, to planning your Scrum project, to tracking the "backlog" of items that need to be completed to finish a project.
Scrum is not a rehash of another methodology. As the authors say, "Scrum is different." Some of the things you'll learn in this book will seem counterintuitive but they work and the authors do a great job of laying out enough information to, if not fully convince you, then at least persuade you to give Scrum a try. (And once you've done that, you'll be convinced!)
I think this book is especially important for anyone reading any of the XP books that have come out over the past two years. Scrum provides an excellent management wrapper around the techniques of XP.
This book is great because it's only 150 pages but everything is succinct and clear--very different from some other books on project management techniques that are needlessly long.
After reading this book you will know everything needed to get started with a Scrum project--and most likely that project will be more successful with Scrum than with whatever process you're using currently.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated and too expensive for what it offers July 6, 2011
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To start my review, I want to say that I am really, really surprised at the strength of the reviews so far.

Agile/Scrum is a very hot topic now and I really wanted to "freshen my game" so to speak and get up to speed on this apparently powerful concept. I wanted to augment the very limited training I got on Agile/Scrum and I got this book due to the many recommendations that said that this is, essentially, the mother of all Agile/Scrum books. Well, while it may be influential, I was disappointed. First off, it is very short (158 pages complete), especially considering it's $34 Amazon price tag. That wouldn't be so bad except that it is very repetitive - I think the book could have easily been captured in about 30 pages including diagrams (which were very lame, I might add). However, my biggest gripe is that it read like Agile/Scrum was the greatest thing to happen to SW development ever and would solve all problems. Granted, the authors are passionate about their subject, but for a book to be useful it should be reasonably complete and this book is far from that.

I believe that A/S can be a powerful tool, but it needs to be tempered. For instance, it says that the team must have complete freedom in choosing the backlog to work on in a scrum. That is nonsense. Marketing and other management (indeed, many other actors) must be involved and it must be a negotiated prioritization. In addition, one of the worst things that could happen to a software project is feature creep, and this book doesn't even touch on that. The creation and maintenance of a feature/task backlog could be an entire book in itself, and yet this book gives that only passing attention.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The seminal work on Scrum, but there have been better works since
I first read this book back in 2003 and it definitely opened my understanding of agile development. However, in many ways it has been superseded by many of the books written... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Evan Leybourn - Author of Directing the Agile Organisation
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a non-technical manager, you want this book!
This is the super awesome quick and dirty guide to Scrum. Explains everything in easily understood language. I'm a developer myself and I loved it.
Published 2 months ago by James Collings
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Scrum
This covered what I would call the "original" scrum concept. As someone trying to get a good introduction to scrum it was an enjoyable read however it did not cover in any... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Pearl
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read - no clear direction about how to implement Scrum...
This was a very basic book - and could have been written in 20-30 pages. Diagrams were low quality and did not provide detailed guidelines about Scrum. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike T
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Classic!!
This is the seminal text that changed my life 8 years ago. I had been a traditional waterfall style Project Manager for many years and realized how inherently flawed my approach... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel Gullo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Guide to Getting Started with Scrum
Half the book is bottom up advice on using Scrum to manage a project. The other half provides a rationale for when and why this is the right process to use.
Published 8 months ago by John Molini
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read when moving to Scrum
Great book explaining fundamentals of Scrum. Clearly explains the need for Scrum and explains the issues with traditional Waterfall projects. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Venkata G Doddi
5.0 out of 5 stars It is in good condition
It is in good condition.

There are few folds in the back cover. In general, it is very good. I like it.
Published 9 months ago by Steven
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't finished the book but so far it is very interesting.
It's helping me a lot since I work with this methodology on a daily basis. There are a lot of things I didn't understand and this book has clarified them for me.
Published 10 months ago by Ernesto
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Agile book
After many years, this is still my favorite Agile book. Makes Agile clear and approachable. I highly recommend this. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marcus A. James
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