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The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year (Agile Software Development Series) 1st Edition
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As a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), Mitch shares his experience in project and client management through Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum courses, agile coaching engagements, conference presentations, blogs & white papers.
He has presented at Agile Alliance Agile 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 conferences, the 2008 Better Software Conference and the 2008 - 2013 SQE Agile Development Practices conferences. He has managed tracks for the Agile conference since 2008 and was the conference chair for Agile2012 and Agile2014.
He has published many papers including "Adventures in Promiscuous Pairing", "Transitioning to Agile: Key Lessons Learned in the Field", "The Impacts of Poor Estimating - & How to Fix It", a variety of papers for Microsoft and "Immersive Interviewing - Building Great Agile Software Teams".
Mitch served on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance (2011-2012) and the Scrum Alliance (2010-2011, 2014).
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Here are some of the nuggets that I picked out.
- Adding a fourth question for people to answer at the daily standup meeting - on a scale of 1-10, how confident are you that we will accomplish the goals of this sprint?
- Contract strategies for Scrum based development efforts - especially around change control - if a customer adds a new story, they need to subtract a story or set of stories of equal story points.
- Decomposing stories into tasks with an example of going too far. I would have liked to seen a treatment on how to deal with predecessor tasks for the sprint.
- Best practices on running the sprint review and retrospective meetings.
- Dealing with special considerations and challenges for offshore development .
- Creating end-to-end user scenarios for sprint objectives to demonstrate software that is ready to ship.
Something that I would have liked to have seen in the book is how to manage multiple projects with Scrum and how to deal with scarce "team consultant" resources who can't be full time and may be asked to work on 3 or more projects during the same sprint cycle. Mitch points out the caution, but didn't provide a solution other than they need to be flexible. Multi-project release planning is always a challenge with shared resources.
Overall, this is a must read for beginning and seasoned Scrum practitioners.
Scrum is the project management portion of Agile development. At a generic level, Scrum gives management the tools to monitor and track the progress of the favorite flavor of Agile development whether XP, TDD, etc. The Scrum Field Guide is geared mainly towards Scrum Masters, core team members or managers wanting to put their project back on track.
Every chapter can stand-alone and be read in any order. Each chapter begins with a story to help the reader draw parallels between the topic that the chapter addresses and the difficulties the reader is facing in their environment. Often, the symptoms of the different challenges can hide the root cause. From how to get recalcitrant core team members on board with using Scrum to recover Sprint Retrospectives turned gripe sessions, this book covers it all. The chapters are short in terms of page length because they are meant to offer ready-made and practical advice on common issues with the topic at hand rather than offer a detailed examination of each aspect of implementing Scrum.
Purchase this book when you get back from Scrum training or when you buy the book on how to implement Scrum. Put it on your shelf and refer to it when Scrum gets hard or just doesn't seem to work as advertised. This book will not teach you how to implement Scrum, it will help you save your implementation. Scrum's simple, but simple is not always easy!
I purchased this book because I attended one of Mitch's classes in Portugal a couple years ago, when he was working on it. I was in my first year of Scrum and XP at the time (his target market) and boy, do I wish I had this book then. I still purchased it and found a lot of new things. Some of my favorites are:
-How to handle documentation
-Definition of done
-How to justify having a ScrumMaster
Contracting. Mitch provides two models for the reader to consider when working with customers, either internal or external. While the ideas may sound crazy, they are not. I'm eager to try these models in the real world.
Documentation. This is always a battle. Mitch makes a good case for how, when and most importantly, why to document. It's not just a blanket "document everything" approach, nor is it the common "agile means no documentation" stuff that everyone seems to say at one point in their life. Instead it's a way to look at documentation, historically, and think about the right time to do it. He never says don't do it, or do it all - he says be smart about it, understand why you do it, and understand your customer. This is one of my favorite chapters.
Definition of done. There is a lot of writing on the Internet on this topic, but this is the first time I've seen something written where it actually walks a team through with an established technique on HOW to build a definition of done, how to use it and how to communicate it to customers and stakeholders. I let a friend borrow the book just for this section so he could use this chapter.
Justifying the ScrumMaster.Read more ›
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As a newby in scrum, I got an interesting tour into the typical pitfalls and solutions. Great reading for anyone working with agile teams.Published 9 days ago by András Balogh
The Scrum Field Guide is the kind of book you would want to have in your agile library and reach for it every time you need a reminder why you started using Scrum. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ana Nadj-Stojanovic
I've been leading scrum teams for the past seven months. I was sort of thrown into the position with only a hazy understanding of what a scrum master should do. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. P. McVicker
I firmly recommend Mitch's book to any team getting started with Scrum and as a helpful refresher for the seasoned Scrum professional. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gerfried Aigner
A very well written book which helps not only scrum starters but also experienced scrum practitioners. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Linda Thoppil
I like the style of the author telling short stories at the beginning of the chapters.
I can recommend this book to all starting with Scrum and also for all experienced... Read more
Scrum is very easy to understand but extremely to implement well. Whether you attend Mitch's courses or not, this book will definitely help you implement scrum in an effective way.Published 7 months ago by Cuong Bui Minh
The book is very well written and presents in a clear way the challenges of Scrum and how to overcome them. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pedro Carvalho
Very practical approach with good real-life examples.
The book covers interesting 'hot' topics like Outsourcing with Scrum or Contracting within Scrum framework. Read more