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A fast and easy guide to Agile/Scrum principles for any organization

The philosophy of Agile is to collaborate as much as possible with your teams and clients to build quality products that ship early and often, while learning and re-learning as you go. The Scrum approach organizes business priorities around short team sprints that yield incremental improvement. If you find yourself at the helm of a team, The Agile Pocket Guide will guide you in implementing Agile and Scrum principles through organizational change and by bringing personal ownership into the equation.

Discover how to develop products, services, and software quickly and efficiently by adhering to the basic tenets of the Scrum framework, as well as how to apply the processes and steps required to become agile, regardless of the swiftness of your team or the level of bureaucracy in your organization. In this straightforward and practical handbook, you'll learn:

  • The dynamics of a successful Agile environment
  • The very basics of Scrum and how to employ them quickly
  • Practical questions to ask the Team Leader as well as the Team
  • How to build an environment of communication and collaboration for the entire organization
  • And much more!

About the Author

PETER SADDINGTON owns a successful research and analytics consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master's degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118438256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118438251
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Cicoria on November 26, 2012
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I've had the priviledge of attending one of Peter's classes (CSM) and although I lost in rock-paper-scissors (which the winner got this book) I still purchased it based upon Peter's dynamic, straightforward approach to agile, and being agile oriented.

The book gives you the key areas of focus, not overloaded with filler. It's agile in nature, and should be kept at your side to reinforce the basic core principles of agile approaches. It can help you articulate the elevator pitch for selling "why" an organization should be agile. Also, helps keep you simple - which is key to focus on what matters, without overloading the concepts, team, and customer.
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There are tons of books about agile. But few of them speak to the agile leader. This one does.

It's short, with short chapters. Best of all, it has guidelines for what the agile leader needs to do, and improve.

You will read this once, think, "Aha!" Then, as you continue on your agile journey, you'll ask yourself, "What did Peter say?" and you'll come back to this book again and again for little bits of guidance.

What more can you ask for in a book?
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Bought the kindle edition after attending Peter's class. Very concise, to the point, and well written guide on Agile principles. A great book for beginners and good reference guide for practitioners. Non prescriptive but provides general guidelines on how to implement SCRUM in your project and affect change in your organization.
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A quick and easy read. Exactly as the title says; A quick start to making your business Agile. I like it as a read for relatively new Agile teams who have done a few iterations and/or training but still have a lot of questions.
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