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About the Author

Jeff Sutherland invented Scrum in 1993 and with Ken Schwaber formalized the Scrum framework for industry in 1995. Dr. Sutherland has 18 years of experience implementing Scrum in hundreds of companies. Currently he is the CEO of Scrum Inc and Senior Advisor to Openview Venture Capital. He travels the world teaching, speaking and coaching how to best implement Scrum. Rini van Solingen is a part-time professor in Global Software Engineering at Delft University of Technology and is Chief Technology Officer at Prowareness. He is an expert in product, process, and performance improvement of software and systems development. Eelco Rustenburg leads the Xebia Agile Consulting & Training unit. He is focused on Agile adoptions in corporations. His current focus is on using Scrum and Agile techniques to improve non-IT processes like sales, marketing, and building construction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463578067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463578060
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I heard that the Scrum guru himself, Jeff Sutherland, had finally written a book (at least as co-author) I thought this is one I have to read. After a somewhat disappointing first few pages the book quickly improved beyond my expectations. On a scale of 0 to 10 I'd say the book is useful as follows. For Scrum newbies I'd give it 8 out of 10. For team members already doing Scrum day-to-day for a couple of years I'd give it a 4. For experienced ScrumMasters I'd say it's somewhat less useful and give it a 2 out of 10.
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Jeff, has written a great, short, to-the-point book about how to move a project to agile. The book is short n sweet but delivers its message quite well. The story is engaging and the character build up is fine.

This is a great book. If you are thinking of starting an agile journey, do yourself a favor and get this book as the starting point. You will not be sorry.
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Real-life story telling the why, what and how of Scrum. It's a quick and easy read so great for someone who wants to know what Scrum is all about without getting bored by a lecture. I think it will especially be appealing to business representatives (or Product Owners as called within Scrum).
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This is a pretty painless way to introduce yourself to the basics of Scrum. Styled after the book series on the Theory of Constraints by Elijahu Goldratt, "The Power of Scrum" presents a manager who's close to losing his job because the management process his software development team uses is ineffective, when a chance meeting with a process expert leads him to a new and happy future.

This books isn't quite as well-written as the Goldratt books, but it's entertaining and educational. I highly recommend this as your first step into the world of Scrum. Don't expect this to be your go-to reference for techniques or potential pitfalls, but it'll help you get started.
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The book clearly describes the steps and key concepts of SCRUM. However the characters of the book are pretty shallow, and the story line is, well, predictable. It all goes a bit too smooth unlike what many pracitioners will have experienced themselves. However it gives you some good pointers and advice along the way.
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Very succinct story style approach to understanding Scrum...although strong on a couple of points about Project Managers as being "bossy", which is not what PM's are supposed to be - more Servant Leadership is our style and successful at it - the story still gets the point about the Scrum approach to Agile across....and so much so we ordered 30 books for our company's top and second in line management for building this process from the top down...while already seeing success at the project level first!!!
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Awesome book!!!
This is the first and only technical book I have read that actually unfolds like a good story, with the dilemma, a possible white knight, the resistance, struggle and eventual triumph that anyone in the IT industry can relate to.

Nothing sounds so far-fetched, even (SPOILERS!!!) a laptop flying across the office and getting embedded in a wall!
What I find amazing about it is how it introduces the concepts and principles of SCRUM in a way that makes it easy for anyone to apply in a lot of projects.
The fact that SCRUM ensures you get early feedback in the project before you are neck deep in the wrong pool is worth the investment in adding this to your library.

Anyway, 'nough said!!
Get this book if you want to see ways that this thing called SCRUM can potentially save you millions in wasted resources while allowing you deliver a final product on time, within budget and possibly much better than originally envisioned.
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This book uses the format of a novel similar to "The Goal" to introduce and explain the Scrum and agile development process. I am a non developer, an infrastructure PM. Of all the many books I have read on this topic, this has been the most beneficial to grasping the entire process. You get the feeling that you are a fly on the wall watching the events play out from beginning to end. As questions came up in my head they were answered as if the authors were reading my mind. This book is money well spent and essential reading for both newbies as well as veterans.
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