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Scrum - A Pocket Guide (Best Practice (Van Haren Publishing)) Poc Edition

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  • Series: Best Practice (Van Haren Publishing)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: van Haren Publishing; Poc edition (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9087537204
  • ISBN-13: 978-9087537203
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.3 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Scrum - A Pocket Guide' packs a ton of power into a mere 100 pages - brilliant. I found that the richness of the content demands a slower read as you soak in the what and why of Scrum. One of the best qualities of this book is how it is **100% aligned** with the publicly-available Scrum Guide (which is sustained by the co-creators of Scrum) and seamlessly & practically builds on the foundation laid by the Scrum Guide. I wish this book had been available when I started practicing Scrum years ago.

This book takes the roles, events, artifacts and rules of Scrum to a much deeper level by providing valuable insights into 'why' the rules are the way they are, the philosophy, and the mindset that guides each of the three roles (Scrum Master, Product Owner and Development Team). In addition, Gunther has sprinkled in some common situations that Scrum Teams face, how the game can be played in those situations, and most importantly - *why* the game can be played in that way. Lastly, he provides practical and sound advice on the use of various practices that can be implemented within the Scrum framework, as well as how Scrum can scale across multiple teams and multiple products in an enterprise.

The rules of Scrum are simple -- like the game of chess. But also like chess, Scrum is extremely difficult to master. To play the game well, I recommend using Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland's free Scrum Guide as the rule book, and Gunther's 'Scrum - A Pocket Guide' as the strategy book.

Scrum On!
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Usually when we start our adventure with Scrum, we focus on what is the most visible and seemingly the easiest to change or introduce: meetings, artifacts, new roles. Very quickly we loose the essence of agility, understanding why we do it.

I recommend this book to anyone that either begins his adventure with Scrum or just... hit the wall. I wish I had read it before. With this book you will understand extremely important foundations of Scrum and answers for all your "whys" based on empirical approach, inspect&adapt and essence of self-organization.
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This would be so much better if the text were bigger/darker. The small dark gray text is nearly impossible to read with normal room lights. I thought it was just my eyes, but when I asked a 24 yr old to read it, he couldn't see it either. This would be better on a kindle where one can enlarge the font size, and the contrast is better.
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This is there REAL scrum BOK. Approved by Ken Schwaber himself and written by one of his closest confederates, the Scrum Pocket guide captures what you need to start understanding and using Scrum today. For the price, you get more than your money's worth.
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I absolutely love this book and recommend it without any hesitation.
Before reading, my background was that I sort of knew what Scrum was about because of casually talking with people and also because of reading one-page articles here and there. After reading this book (which, because of its size and form factor, you can actually do quite fast) I feel that I now have a solid understanding of the Scrum framework. And, most of all: it made me excited about the Scrum way of working. I am eager to be able to put this into practice!
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Goes far too deeply into areas that aren't important to the practitioner in the grand scheme of things. I don't necessarily care about the history of the word Scrum or Agile, or how bad waterfall methods are etc. Buried within this type of content is the applicable stuff, often not articulated as well as the aforementioned free guides (like the one from Scrum.org).

I bought this because it was on the reading list for Product Owner on Scrum.org. I haven't taken the certification test, so I don't know if the fluff will be on the exam or not, so until I know that I can't really say if one should skip this if their intention is to pass the Product Owner certification exam. If you are just looking for a good Scrum guide, look elsewhere. I've heard great things about Essential Scrum.
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One of the best books on Scrum ever written. Gives a lot of "whys" behind roles, ceremonies and artifacts. Together with "Software in 30 days" and "Essential Scrum" makes the Scrum library almost complete.
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This Pocket Guide was my travel companion over a couple short flights. Short, concise and elaborates on the framework and history of Scrum and Agile movement. Wish this book was written when I was getting into Scrum. I started out by reading bits and pieces of several works.
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