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The Power of Scrum
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 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
on August 26, 2013
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The book clearly describes the steps and key concepts of SCRUM. However the characters of the book are pretty shallow, and the story line is, well, predictable. It all goes a bit too smooth unlike what many pracitioners will have experienced themselves. However it gives you some good pointers and advice along the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 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
on March 16, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 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
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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on November 20, 2013
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Awesome book!!!
This is the first and only technical book I have read that actually unfolds like a good story, with the dilemma, a possible white knight, the resistance, struggle and eventual triumph that anyone in the IT industry can relate to.

Nothing sounds so far-fetched, even (SPOILERS!!!) a laptop flying across the office and getting embedded in a wall!
What I find amazing about it is how it introduces the concepts and principles of SCRUM in a way that makes it easy for anyone to apply in a lot of projects.
The fact that SCRUM ensures you get early feedback in the project before you are neck deep in the wrong pool is worth the investment in adding this to your library.

Anyway, 'nough said!!
Get this book if you want to see ways that this thing called SCRUM can potentially save you millions in wasted resources while allowing you deliver a final product on time, within budget and possibly much better than originally envisioned.
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