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Elements is not a complete "how to" book of Scrum, that's not the goal of the book. It's laid out a lot like a training cours, and will give any reader a strong foundation in the basics of Scrum. Even though I've taken scrum master certification and have been an active agilest for some time now, I still came away from this book with a deeper knowledge of Scrum's core fundamentals. That says a lot for a $30 book, that it can still teach you some new ideas after taking a two day training class.
The final positive point I can give it is where it will live, now that I've read it. EoS will find a place on my ready reference shelf in my office cube. When I need to check something on Scrum, it's only an arms length away and finding information in it is google easy.
Joel Bancroft-Connors , PMP
o The book wisely starts off by telling a week in the life of a scrum team. I say wisely, because anyone with any software development experience at all will immediately get a clear, "bird's eye view" of the overall scrum framework from this opening story, and that perspective will make the reading of the rest of the book go quickly.
o Next the book reviews the traditional "Waterfall" development cycle which is another smart move. Not only does reading about the methodology I learned in college help establish the authors' credibility for me, they explain waterfall with a sense of fairness -- so you don't walk away feeling like you are about to read the one-sided propaganda of some agile fan-boys.
o As the book unfolds, you get the sense that the authors definitely have a ton of real world experience, and that you are getting something much more useful than scrum theory.
o The book is logically organized, making learning scrum a breeze.
o The authors didn't seem to be worried about page count, but instead taught scrum efficiently and effectively without extra words, war stories or fluff.
o The authors allow some personality to flow on to the pages, making the book a fun read.
o I wish the authors would have done a bit more to define scrum-specific terminology at the beginning of the book, or at least provided a glossary at the back of the book so we could look up the terms as we come upon them -- particularly if we are coming upon them again and again.Read more ›
The Elements of Scrum walks you through a Scrum team's inner workings, including planning and executing a sprint, daily scrum (stand-up) meetings, sprint reviews, and the retrospective. The book provides in-depth coverage of key Scrum artifacts such as the product and sprint backlogs, information radiators like the sprint and release charts, the task board, the definition of done, user stories and acceptance criteria. Chris and Hillary even cover a topic you don't read much about: terminating a sprint.
The Elements of Scrum really shines as it walks you through the ins and outs of estimating and planning. I particularly enjoyed the example of "Agile Islands," as it provides an excellent basis for understanding Scrum's use of relative sizing versus time estimates. Chris and Hillary explain why relative sizing works, pointing out that, "While we are bad at absolute sizing, we are good at relative sizing."
They follow up to explain how relative sizing is applied:
"The trick is to use a two-step process. First, assign relative sizes to all of the work items. The size indicates how much work there is to do. Second, do a couple of work items and measure how long they actually take. Armed with this measured amount, the relative sizes assigned to all of the other items can now be used to provide the desired predictability of schedule.Read more ›
The authors have done a lovely job of capturing the essence of agile/scrum method and demonstrating practical applications and techniques. I would recommend getting the Ken Schwaber book "Agile Project Management With Scrum" along with this, as they both present a similar yet different view of the same general ideology.
While I could do without some of the more playful aspects of the writing style, the concepts and perspectives are clearly illustrated and easy to digest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book provides good overview of scrum and related practices. It will help if additionally reader goes through scrum guide by Ken S.Published 19 days ago by Pranav Vashisht
Well organized and effective. A good way to brush up on SCRUM before starting a new project.Published 1 month ago by Brad L
Great advice that can be put into practice immediately by teams that are new to scrum. A must read - highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Luis G. Gonzalez-morales
Great book. The book is still in great condition and definitely recommend buying from this seller. Seamless experience. :)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
When the authors focused on talking about scrum, and why you should care the book was pretty good. Why they had the scrum user stories, they were painfully twee. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
An easy and informative read. A book you can read before bedtime that doesn't put you to sleep as soon as the cover is cracked. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KM
The author has given a clear account of how a scrum team works. Nicely written.Published 7 months ago by PS
Why the first?
- the opening "story" keeps it interesting
- it's a succinct, quick read
- it's captures the essence of scrum better than most --... Read more
Very clean, concise book. I've noticed that every point is formulated exactly one time, with every word in its place, with no repetitions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pavel
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