Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Cohn)) 1st Edition
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|A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process||Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond||The Fast, Focused, Practical Guide to Excellence with Scrum||Real World Lessons in Scrum||Proven, 100% Practical Guidance for Making Scrum and Agile Work in Any Organization|
|Title||Essential Srum||The Scrum Field Guide||The Great ScrumMaster||Agile Project Management with Scrum||Succeeding with Agile|
|Author||Kenneth Rubin||Mitch Lacey||Zuzana Sochova||Ken Schwaber||Mike Cohn|
|Description||Leading Scrum coach and trainer Kenny Rubin provides easy-to-digest descriptions enhanced by illustrations based on an entirely new visual icon language for describing Scrum’s roles, artifacts, and activities.||Drawing on years of hands-on experience helping companies succeed, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) Mitch Lacey helps you overcome the major challenges of Scrum adoption and the deeper issues that emerge later.||Complete guide to becoming an exceptionally effective ScrumMaster and using Scrum to dramatically improve team and organizational performance. Easy to digest and highly visual, you can read it in a weekend…and use it for an entire career.||In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessons—the successes and failures—culled from his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management.||This is the definitive, realistic, actionable guide to starting fast with Scrum and agile–and then succeeding over the long haul. Leading agile consultant and practitioner Mike Cohn presents detailed recommendations, powerful tips, and real-world case studies drawn from his unparalleled experience helping hundreds of software organizations make Scrum and agile work.|
|Endorsement||"This book serves as an indispensable guide, helping teams choose among the billions of possible ways of implementing Scrum and finding one that leads to success." — Mike Cohn, author of "Succeeding with Agile", Certified Scrum Trainer||"I am happy to say that I can definitely recommend Mitch’s book! I am confident that you will find my book and this book to be good compliments to one another, even (and especially) where the two differ on particular issues or approaches." -- Kenneth Rubin, author of "Essential Scrum"||"The Great ScrumMaster: #ScrumMasterWay fills an important gap in providing practical advice and tools for ScrumMasters who wish to improve their craft. The book is full of powerful tips sure to help any ScrumMaster." — Mike Cohn, author of "Succeeding with Agile", Certified Scrum Trainer||"This book is an excellent guide for anyone looking to improve how he or she delivers software, and I recommend it highly." — Mike Cohn, author of "Succeeding with Agile", Certified Scrum Trainer||"By reading this book, you will find that Mike brings up issues that you never thought of, offers advice on how you might handle situations, and helps you define new roles on your team." -- Tim Lister, Principal, The Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc|
“Agile coaches, you’re gonna be happy with this book. Kenny Rubin has created an indispensable resource for us. Do you have a manager that just doesn’t ‘get it’? Hand them this book and ask them to flip to Chapter 3 for a complete explanation of how Scrum is less risky than plan-driven management. It’s written just for them–in management-speak. Want to help the team come to a common understanding of Scrum? The visual icon language used throughout this book will help you help them. These are just two ways this book can aid you to coach Scrum teams. Use it well.”
–Lyssa Adkins, Coach of Agile Coaches, Agile Coaching Institute; author, Coaching Agile Teams
“One of the best, most comprehensive descriptions of the core Scrum framework out there! Essential Scrum is for anyone–new to or experienced with Scrum–who’s interested in the most important aspects of the process. Kenny does an excellent job of distilling the key tenets of the Scrum framework into a simple format with compelling visuals. As a Scrum coach for many teams, I continually reference the material for new ways to help teams that are learning and practicing the framework. I’ve seen Scrum continually misinterpreted and poorly implemented by big companies and tool vendors for more than ten years. Reading this book will help you get back to the basics and focus on what’s important.”
–Joe Balistrieri, Process Development Manager, Rockwell Automation
“Corporate IT leadership, which has been slow to embrace agile methods, would benefit immensely from giving a copy of this book to all of their project and delivery managers. Kenny Rubin has laid out in this book all the pragmatic business case and process materials needed for any corporate IT shop to successfully implement Scrum.”
–John F. Bauer III, veteran of technical solution delivery in large corporate IT shops
“Kenny’s extensive experience as a consultant, trainer, and past managing director of the Scrum Alliance is evident in this book. Along with providing the basics and introduction to Scrum, this book addresses the questions of masses–what happens to project managers? Essential Scrum helps us understand the big picture and guides how organization leaders can support and be involved with their Scrum teams for successful agile transformations.”
–Sameer S. Bendre CSM, PMP, Senior Consultant, 3i Infotech Inc.
“If you’re new to agile development or to Scrum, this book will give you a flying start. The examples and descriptions are clear and vivid, and you’ll often find yourself asking a question just before the book addresses that very topic.”
–Johannes Brodwall, Principal Solution Architect, Steria Norway
“Kenny’s well-structured explanations have a clarity to them that echoes the sensibilities of Smalltalk–the development environment with which he worked for years and from which both Scrum and Extreme Programming were born. This book pulls together a thorough set of agile management principles that really hit the mark and will no doubt guide you toward a more effective agile approach.”
–Rowan Bunning, Founder, Scrum WithStyle
“There are lots of books on Scrum these days, but this book takes a new angle, a reality check for software practitioners. Kenny uses real-world examples and clear illustrations to show what makes a solid foundation for successful agile development. Readers will u
About the Author
Kenneth S. Rubin provides Scrum and Agile training and coaching to help companies develop products more effectively and economically. A Certified Scrum Trainer, he has trained more than eighteen thousand people on Agile and Scrum, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached hundreds of companies, ranging from startups to the Fortune 10. Rubin was the first Managing Director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on successful Scrum adoption. His diverse development roles have included successful stints as Scrum product owner, ScrumMaster, and developer. Rubin’s executive management roles have included CEO, COO, VP of Engineering, VP of Product Management, and VP of Professional Services. He is the author of Succeeding with Objects (Addison-Wesley, 1995).
- Publisher : Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (July 26, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0137043295
- ISBN-13 : 978-0137043293
- Item Weight : 1.77 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1.13 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We found Ken's book to be the one that we can all align on. It's prescriptive enough to be useful but loose enough that teams feel freedom to innovate. The examples and pictures are at just the right level. You can tell it's written by somebody who lives Agile, and this helps developers respect the content and have more open minds.
I now give a copy of Ken's book to every new manager, product manager, and senior engineer, with their name written on it, by me, with a welcome note from me inside the cover. Ken's book has been a huge help to our team and perhaps it can be to yours as well!
The books easy to understand format, clear iconology and detailed diagrams makes complex concepts easy to digest. The basic principles that support the best Scrum practices are presented in a simple and coherent way that will enable the beginner to the Scrum expert to put into practice practical applications that drive real value.
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Being less familiar with Lean and Kanban, I also benefited greatly from the information about Work in Process (WIP)/small batch sizes, and this translated into re-inspecting my organization's support & maintenance workflow for improvements.
I also got a lot out of the chapters on User Stories and Product Backlogs: handling non-functional requirements, ideas for improving our story writing workshops, story mapping, managing multiple backlogs, and managing multiple products.
I also really appreciated the section on Making Technical Debt Visible, and the economic approach toward the problem.
The chapters on the Roles of Scrum were also quite interesting, even though a bit of review for me and my team. Product Owner is one of the roles that we struggle with, and it was nice to see such a thorough exploration of that role and its characteristics, responsibilities, etc. This has helped me in engaging stakeholders and turning them into Product Owners for our projects. It also validated some of feelings we've had about the tradeoffs inherent in using Product Owner Proxies. The ScrumMaster chapter was also very valuable in helping me coach my ScrumMasters and increase our depth in that capacity.
As an IT-Manager (now Director), I got the most value out of the chapter on Managers. I found the chart on Functional Manager Responsibilities to be a very fine illustration of the activities that Agile Managers should focus on. The phrase "managing the value-creation flow" really stuck with me. The was also a wealth of knowledge about defining boundaries (critical in maintaining self-organizing teams), forming teams, energizing people, and more.
No matter what your level of experience, entry point, role, or perspective on Scrum is, I highly recommend this book to you. You will learn something useful from every chapter.
Top reviews from other countries
It's set at a good pace and written in a way that neither patronises or overlooks important information.
Couple this with the scrum guide from scrum.org and you're well on your way to passing PSM1.