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Agile Software Development with Scrum (Series in Agile Software Development) Paperback – October 21, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0130676344 ISBN-10: 0130676349 Edition: 1st
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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.

BENEFITS
  • 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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (October 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130676349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130676344
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By John C. Dunbar on April 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Corey Thompson on April 30, 2005
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...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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cohn on March 29, 2002
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carl Joseph on June 23, 2008
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This is a good book with lots of valuable information around the empirical nature of Scrum. For someone who was central to creating Scrum, the book doesn't offer much more.

It's broken up into three parts: Overview of Scrum / Why it works / Case studies.

The overview of Scrum is poor at best. There are much simpler ways to communicate it. If you don't know anything about Scrum then this book probably won't help get you started.

The "Why it works" chapters were much more interesting and valuable. It takes you through the epirical nature of scrum and why previous methodologies have failed. The most interesting part is the brief exposition around the psychological, anthropological and systematical viewpoints around Scrum. Like much of the book, this could have been written better and with more indepth information, but still meets a basic need.

The case studies and ancillary information in the last few chapters feel hasty and are of little value. Many of the examples (although based on actual events) feel contrived and are simplified so much that they aren't highly illuminating.

Overall the book wasn't the greatest but it did provide me with some value. The editing is quite poor and there are numerous mistakes throughout. The general layout of the page is also problematic and makes it difficult to read.

Most laughable however are the images and graphics. They look like they were made in MSPaint and screen capped into the book.
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