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Exploring Scrum: The Fundamentals Paperback – July 21, 2011
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- Jeff Sutherland, co-developer of Scrum, original signatory of Agile Manifesto
"When you fnish this book, you'll have an understanding of how to put Scrum into practice in almost every situation you may encounter... Dan and Doug have written the best Scrum book I have seen. Read it, heed it, and prosper."
- Ron Jeffries, first XP coach, original signatory of Agile Manifesto
"Dan and Doug bring crystal clarity to why things are the way they are in Scrum - why certain practices work and others do not."
- Jeff McKenna, the world's first ScrumMaster
"Dan and Doug have given you a gift. They have written a book where you can get Scrum right... that is easy to read, understandable, and can help you see where you might go off course."
- Johanna Rothman, Management Guru and Author
"This book is a step beyond the basics... I know you will enjoy this book - it's like an extended fireside chat with Dan."
- Linda Rising, PhD, COO of the Hillside Group
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Top Customer Reviews
There is no theory here. No sir. This is a book that arises from hard-won experience. That deep experience, all those years of teaching and coaching and consulting Scrum teams shines through, and provides the substantial value that Dan and Doug bring you.
For example, many project managers have accountability for project results, and Exploring Scrum explains why a project manager can then not be a Scrum Master and should be a product owner. The rest of the discussion of the multiple modes of Scrum Master and Scrum Master as change agent are brilliant.
Another example of the practical approach is the issue of feedback as the output of the sprint. Scrum suggests that the team produce potentially releaseable product each sprint. Many teams interpret that to mean that they always have to produce running tested features. But sometimes, you want feedback about the potential deliverables, such as the user interface or the performance of the system or the security or something like that.
Teams new to Scrum have trouble with determining how many stories they can plan to complete in an sprint and how to manage the work that isn't stories. Dan and Doug have a great solution here. They suggest that for a 2-week sprint, a team plan on about 10 stories. That's a great target because it helps teams realize when they have sliced their stories thin enough.Read more ›
Sarcasm aside I am currently a certified PMP who works as a technology project manager for a large financial organization. Currently we use the Rational Unified Process (RUP) but I kept hearing so much buzz about Scrum over the past couple of years that I decided to purchase the book. Simply put, this book rocks. If you have to have 1 guide to learn about Scrum these guys go deeper into Scrum than you would likely get from a 2 day Certified Scrum Master course. That said I was hungry to know more so I did take the Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master course this last week and discovered that I spent a good deal of my time explaining some of the concepts I learned about in this book to my classmates. I also was able to challenge the instructor on a couple of points not that he was wrong or the book is right but that there are gray areas in Scrum that by design allow for differing interpretations, for example organizational scalability or sprint length.Read more ›
It goes through how to run an agile project management process in a really well thought out manner. I used this book as a resource - without any prior knowledge of agile - and feel that I was able to successfully implement a scrum program for my teams because of how well this book laid out the process.
The authors have read nearly every other important book on the subject (they are clearly credited in the text) and combine ideas from Lean, and from Kanban variants of agile into an extremely well written description of how to implement scrum.
Dan and Doug's experience very much shines through as at times they really will get into things that I would normally consider minutia. The language is simple, very easy to read, and clearly well edited.
My description does not do this book justice... go out and buy it if you are interested in agile at all...
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I took my Certified Scrum Master training course with Dan. He was a wealth of knowledge and provided clear and concise understanding of Scrum and Agile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mich921
I took training with Dan a couple of years ago. He is extremely knowledgeable and down-to-earth. His lessons have remained with me and we are trying to get SCRUM/Kanban... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeffrey A Tucker
Awesome Book !!!. I planned on doing CSM and before attending the course read this book. This book is easy to read and makes perfect sense.Published 19 months ago by Neetu Kaistha
This is by far the best book for Scrum that is in the marketplace. There is no other book that is even in the same class. Read morePublished 23 months ago by hdchdtv
I started reading this book in preparation for a scrum class I am taking. At first, I wasn't really getting it, but as I progressed through the book it started to make more sense.Published on June 5, 2014 by David Bush
Aside from The Scrum Guide, this is the only Scrum reference I need or use. Dan and Doug provide not just the information on how Scrum works but insights on practical applications... Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
We have begun a pilot to transition our business line from waterfall to Scrum this year. I had the opportunity to take my CSM certification class from Doug Shimp and while there I... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Craig Hamburg
I purchased Exploring Scrum at the end of my ScrumMaster training, I was fortunate enough to have Dan as my trainer. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Louis J. Rainaldi Jr.
I took SM course with Doug back in 2009 and was amazed by how he focuses on values and principles that shape what Agile is all about. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Korayem