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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.
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is nothing special in this book, despite it is recommended by the Scrum.org. It is definetly not worth the money.Published 2 months ago by Talha Koc
I like the way the scrum rules and roles has been explained, would like to recommend to fellow IT software development teams.Published 3 months ago
Great for understanding scrum guide. I had hesitation about the book because of the title of the book, I didn't want to get another scrum guide but better understand it without... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rashmikant
Used it to help with pulling together a new team. They found it easy to digest and provide many of the answers they would have neededPublished 4 months ago by T. Gentry
Having gone through several scrum books, this one provides to the point info and explanations that complement the scrum guide. Spares the reader from redundanciesPublished 8 months ago by Atif Abdul-Rahman
There are many descriptions of Scrum out there, ranging from detailed prescriptions to vague abstractions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gil Broza