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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463578067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463578060
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Sutherland invented Scrum in 1993 and with Ken Schwaber formalized the Scrum framework for industry in 1995. Dr. Sutherland has 18 years of experience implementing Scrum in hundreds of companies. Currently he is the CEO of Scrum Inc and Senior Advisor to Openview Venture Capital. He travels the world teaching, speaking and coaching how to best implement Scrum. Rini van Solingen is a part-time professor in Global Software Engineering at Delft University of Technology and is Chief Technology Officer at Prowareness. He is an expert in product, process, and performance improvement of software and systems development. Eelco Rustenburg leads the Xebia Agile Consulting & Training unit. He is focused on Agile adoptions in corporations. His current focus is on using Scrum and Agile techniques to improve non-IT processes like sales, marketing, and building construction.

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Jeff is the co-creator of Scrum and a leading expert on how the framework has evolved to meet the needs of today's business. The methodology he developed in 1993 and formalized in 1995 with Ken Schwaber has since been adopted by the vast majority of software development companies around the world. But Jeff realized that the benefits of Scrum are not limited to software and product development. He has adapted this successful strategy for several other industries including: finance, healthcare, higher education and telecom. As the CEO of Scrum Inc. and the Senior Advisor and Agile Coach to OpenView Venture Partners, Jeff sets the vision for success with Scrum. He continues to share best practices with organizations around the globe and has written extensively on Scrum rules and methods.

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I highly recommend this as your first step into the world of Scrum.
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It's a quick and easy read so great for someone who wants to know what Scrum is all about without getting bored by a lecture.
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I really enjoyed Jeff's "Power Of Scrum" for its practical approach to introducing Scrum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunish on February 5, 2012
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Jeff, has written a great, short, to-the-point book about how to move a project to agile. The book is short n sweet but delivers its message quite well. The story is engaging and the character build up is fine.

This is a great book. If you are thinking of starting an agile journey, do yourself a favor and get this book as the starting point. You will not be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray Shanley on January 23, 2012
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When I heard that the Scrum guru himself, Jeff Sutherland, had finally written a book (at least as co-author) I thought this is one I have to read. After a somewhat disappointing first few pages the book quickly improved beyond my expectations. On a scale of 0 to 10 I'd say the book is useful as follows. For Scrum newbies I'd give it 8 out of 10. For team members already doing Scrum day-to-day for a couple of years I'd give it a 4. For experienced ScrumMasters I'd say it's somewhat less useful and give it a 2 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D. Korson on January 16, 2013
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As a novel about Scrum, it is excellent. Do not expect an advanced treatment of topics as that is not the purpose of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2013
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Real-life story telling the why, what and how of Scrum. It's a quick and easy read so great for someone who wants to know what Scrum is all about without getting bored by a lecture. I think it will especially be appealing to business representatives (or Product Owners as called within Scrum).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaina A. McGrail on November 30, 2012
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Loved it, learned so much. Wish it was more in-depth. Great story but wanted nuts and bolts of it but otherwise a great read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher D. Mihaly on March 26, 2012
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Introduction of Scrum, its meanings and concepts in the form of a story. The book is insightful and helpful in comming up to speed on Scrum and it why and how it works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William McKnight on March 15, 2012
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On many an occasion, I have heard from Information Management professionals that SCRUM is "not right" for their projects or that they have "tried it and it didn't work." This book is for them. This book is also for the managers and above who need to be introduced to SCRUM and who will not get it any other way (i.e., training classes, lunch with you, etc.). While not nearly a full treatise or an uber-manual on SCRUM, it is a very interesting, quick read from experts on the journey a non-SCRUM team can take into SCRUM.

I'm sure it's not spoiling the plot too much if I say that Mark ultimately had success with SCRUM. In the book climactic moment, Mark throws his laptop against the wall symbolizing a new beginning and a complete change-over to SCRUM. At the end of the book, you will feel like you learned something in a very subtle way. I think the book's method is very effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dlefebvre1701 on January 26, 2012
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Jeff's book delivers a narrative of a CTO who just "lied" to his biggest customer and the fear that sets in. Follows him on his discovery of Scrum, installation into his company and the insights he gets as Scrum takes hold. This is an excellent book for beginners and for those who are in similar situations looking for something that may work. We can relate to the CTO because most SW development managers and project managers have been there. Jeff not only describes the mechanics of Scrum but also the philosophy behind it. This is a good illustration of how an organization can turn a development process that is unpredictable, error-prone, and sometimes oppressive into one of empowerment, transparency, and responsive to customer needs.

I recommend it highly.
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