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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishers Network; 1st edition (July 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937454444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937454449
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela has really broken ground with a powerful text tackling issues she's navigated over her many years working with Scrum teams. Take advantage of her knowledge--put this book on your reference shelf--open it,read it, bookmark it, go back to it, and don't forget to share it. --Laszlo Szalvay President and Co-founder, Danube Technologies, Inc.

This book is unique--a clear guide focused on real people and real behaviors that is as useful as it is insightful. It is a great reference book for anyone looking to guide an agile transformation, coach agile teams, and improve the delivery of value in an organization. --Tamara Runyon Sulaiman, CST, PMP Enterprise Agile Coach, Intel

A great book filled with practical ideas you can start using right away. Angela's experience and advice can save you many missteps in your quest to create an agile organization. --Sally Elatta President, Agile Transformation Inc.

This book is unique--a clear guide focused on real people and real behaviors that is as useful as it is insightful. It is a great reference book for anyone looking to guide an agile transformation, coach agile teams, and improve the delivery of value in an organization. --Tamara Runyon Sulaiman, CST, PMP Enterprise Agile Coach, Intel

A great book filled with practical ideas you can start using right away. Angela's experience and advice can save you many missteps in your quest to create an agile organization. --Sally Elatta President, Agile Transformation Inc.

About the Author

Angela Druckman is an agile coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. She specializes in Agile Transformation, helping teams and organizations all over the world improve their competitive position and effectiveness through agility. Whether working with tiny start-ups or Fortune 100 companies, Angela's experience and guidance have helped her clients achieve extraordinary and measurable success with their agile practices.

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Angela Druckman was a traditional project manager until a fateful day when she learned about Scrum and agile software development methods. Initially, she was skeptical about the framework. But a bad experience with a project that went millions of dollars over budget and was delivered years (yes, years) late made her realize she had nothing to lose by giving it a try.

After her first scrum project, she was sold on the benefits of this empirical approach to project management. She saw how much happier the customers were, being able to see increments of working product every two weeks. She also saw teams that were happier as they were empowered to be self-managed. They decided how much they could commit to in each iteration and, once that commitment was made, the teams worked together as a cohesive unit to decide how best to approach their work.

Angela never looked back. She moved all her projects over to Scrum, eventually going on to help other companies learn how to use the framework and finally becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach. "I've seen my clients get real, measureable results using agile frameworks like Scrum" she says, "All the while improving the satisfaction of both stakeholders and team members. It has been a complete win-win."

Angela works with organizations all over the world to improve their agile practices. She is the author of "30 Days to Better Agile", a desk reference of common problems that companies experience when implementing methods like Scrum and how to fix those issues.

"When organizations are making a cultural shift to agile methods, they can quickly get overwhelmed by the problems they experience," she says, "I focus on helping them break down those problems into manageable pieces and make incremental improvements. The truth is, inside every big project is a small project, trying to get out."

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I recommend this book to anyone who is a member of an organization that is in the midst of agile transformation.
Jackie Leone
You CAN do agile right the first time and transform your organization into one that creates great products, retains talent, is fun to work for, and saves money.
Katie PDX
Instead it describes most common real world scrumming challenges and suggested remedies in an easy to grasp fashion.
Shubho

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shubho on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is obviously no dearth of books that will describe how scrum is supposed to work in an ideal world. The unique thing about this book is that it coaches scrumming from the point of view of "What to do if it isn't quite working as expected". I find it extremely useful almost as a reference manual to go back to again and again as I engage in scrumming (as a scrum master and a lean coach). The book does not bother with lofty abstract concepts and models. Instead it describes most common real world scrumming challenges and suggested remedies in an easy to grasp fashion. The book is most useful if you have actually tried to scrum for sometime and already have some experience (and possibly mis-adventures:)
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By Gabriel O on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a prospective Computer Science student, I found this book to be very interesting as well as informational about how the computer industry interacts with the business world. I'm interested in working for a big software company at some point, so reading about team management techniques is a really beneficial advantage to anyone who regularly works with groups. This not only relates to my field, but to a range of fields. A great read all around.
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By Brendon J on October 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book both as an introduction to Agile, and as a guide for more experienced team members. I have been a professional software developer for more than 28 years, including being part of a Scrum team on several projects over the last 4, and wish a book like this had been available when I first started down the agile path.
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