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Software in 30 Days: How Agile Managers Beat the Odds, Delight Their Customers, And Leave Competitors In the Dust 1st Edition

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SOFTWARE IN 30 DAYS

A Radical Approach to Fast, Valuable, and Low-Risk Software Development

Software development doesn't have to be slow and expensive anymore. The Agile and Scrum software development method allows creation of the game-changing software you need to grow your business—in 30 days or less. Projects that use it are three times more successful than those that don't, and the productivity gain versus traditional "waterfall" methods has been over 100 percent on many projects.

For the business manager, the entrepreneur, or IT manager, Software in 30 Days explains how this unorthodox process works, how to get started, and how to succeed. Learn powerful concepts such as the "art of the possible," "bottom-up intelligence," and why it's good to fail early. With simple but profound shifts in thinking, you will be able to control risk, manage projects, and deliver your best work possible, faster and cheaper than ever before.

About the Author

KEN SCHWABER is a cofounder of the worldwide Agile software movement and cocreator, with Jeff Sutherland, of the "Scrum" technique for building software in 30 days. He is president of Scrum.org, a software consulting firm, and led the process management product revolution of the early 1990s.

JEFF SUTHERLAND is the cocreator of Scrum, and was cosigner of the Agile Manifesto, which marked the start of the Agile movement. He has served as vice president of engineering or CTO at eleven software companies, managing the last seven entirely using Scrum, and achieved industry-leading, hyper-productive results. Jeff is the CEO of Scrum Inc., a consulting and training company.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118206665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118206669
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a hard review for me to write. I have a great respect for both of the authors and what they accomplished in the world of software development. I loved Ken's Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional). However, I did not like this book very much. Even considering that I'm not the audience, I do work a fair amount with management in organizations and I wouldn't give them this book. The book felt it was written in a hurry, it had awkward parts in it which most in the Scrum community would probably disagree with and it over-promised, giving me the feeling that Scrum is the silver bullet that magically resolves all problems. That said, it did also have some really good parts, which I'll try to point out also in this review.

The book consists of 2 parts and a bunch of appendixes. The first part is the "why" which explains why traditional waterfall development is not suitable today and how an empirical process is better suited for the job.

The first chapter is a "we are in crisis" chapter. Unfortunately, the only data it quotes is the CHAOS report, which has been challenged a lot of time already. Next to that, it provides some anecdotal cases. It introduces the Stacey diagram, which is great, except that it is significantly changed and Stacey doesn't use it himself anymore.

The second chapter introduces the basics of empirical process and shows how it resolves problems in traditional waterfall development. It also summarizes major points on self-organization and the "new new product development game" article that influenced Scrum strongly.
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I've read a lot of books on Scrum. Most focus on the framework. Some focus on how to make it work efficiently. Some talk about how to make it scale in complex environments. A few will contain an obligatory chapter or two on introducing Scrum and its capabilities. I've yet to find a book that provides the complete, compelling story on why to adopt Scrum ... until now.

Ken and Jeff's latest book nails it. It starts off with a very real case study involving the FBI and their wasting of millions of dollars in failed software development efforts. The authors then present the why and the how the management team chose and adopted Scrum, getting the product to code complete.

After reading the book, any intellectually honest manager will see the value of empiricism and be crazy not to put Scrum to work on their next or current project.
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If you're a manager then you probably don't have that much spare time on your hands so you'll be pleased to know that this is a short, concise read. While you don't need to understand the intricacies of software development, you do need to have experienced frustration with the results; that the cost of getting software developed doesn't stack up to the return you get from it , that the quality produced is inexplicably poor and sometimes the functionality misses the mark completely.

If you're in just such a situation then this book is perfect for you. Software in 30 Days explains the root causes of your problems and ways to address those problems. It also includes practical steps on how to transition your organisation's approach to software development so that you can end the pain and start getting genuine value from your software development efforts.
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I coach Agile and I hand this book to each and every Agile coaching client.

(Socializing books is a great way to find out who really wants to come and play. The folks that actually invest the time to READ THE BOOK are the people who are actually ready to play the game.)

This book is an effective and useful tutorial and reference guide for those who are implementing Scrum and are seeking guidance. We have learned quite a lot since Ken's book [Agile Software Development Using Scrum] published in 1996, and this book reflects that learning.

SOFTWARE IN 30 DAYS OR LESS is an important book to add to your in-house library of essential Agile titles. Genuine and authentic Scrum is rare, and this book can help you get there.

I strongly recommend this book.

I also recommend that purchasers of this head over to Scrum.org to download, print, and actively begin reading the current version of Scrum Guide, also authored by Ken and Jeff.

If you are starting in Scrum, you can use the following 3 documents to get you started:

1. This book

2. The current version of the Scrum guide found at Scrum.Org

3. The Agile manifesto value and principles found at:
a. [...]
b. [...] (principles)

Disclosure: The authors are my friends, my book THE CULTURE GAME refers to Scrum frequently, and I believe that Scrum as described in this book has the potential to substantially improve the world of work.
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A great read. I thought I knew what scrum was all about until I read this book. This book was able to open my eyes to the challenges and how to implement scrum. Great use of practical examples of how companies overcame overruns by using the tactics described.
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