The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year (Agile Software Development Series) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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No longer do I lack the confidence about reaching the sprint objective. The practical approach outlined throughout this guide has enabled me to confidently address SCRUM framework preparatory issues and SCRUM framework implementation issues. The stand alone chapters have assisted me in fine tuning my skills enhancing my techniques in estimating project costs, running sprint review and sprint retrospective meetings, incorporating offshore teams, decomposing stories, and defining when “done” is “done”, allowing me to successfully sustain the pace of the SCRUM model at any organization I work for delivering working software as promised.
Whether or not you have ever faced challenges in the SCRUM framework model this book is for you as it analyzes real life scenarios, offering concrete ideas and practical measures for tackling problems, problems that so many of us have encountered in our operations. The SCRUM framework may appear simple, yet it is not easy; Mitch Lacey’s ‘The SCRUM Field Guide’ is a classic that should be available for reference in all organizations’ information technology infrastructure libraries
But you probably won't stop there, because the stories are just so interesting. I found myself planning to read just a couple of chapters, and ended up a few hours later with half the book read. The chapters are just so well-written, each starting with a compelling story that had me going "oh yeah, I've been there" and wanting to see more. And even after being agile for over ten years, there were several new techniques I learned thanks to this field guide, and I'm much improved in my understanding of paired programming and test-driven development (yes, there is just as much emphasis on the technical aspect of software development as there is the process aspect!).
I strongly recommend this as a companion guide to whatever basic Scrum book you buy. While there are many fine books available that explain what Scrum is, Lacey's book is the one that will help you outside of the classroom, in the field, with those day-to-day Scrum implementation problems.
I found that once you take and pass the CSM course, you have an understanding of the theory, but putting that theory into practice under real world conditions is the real trick.
In reading this book, I've lost count of the number of times where I've had the "Oh man, we totally ran into that very same problem!" moment... followed by "<groan!>, I wish I read this earlier!"
What sets this book apart is that it gives you the practical information that you don't really get through the CSM course, but rather through (in this case, Mitch's) hard earned experience. Every chapter had something that I could directly relate to, and usually more than one nugget of wisdom that I thought about introducing in a future iteration or project.
Some highlights (among many!)-
1) determining an iteration length. The shorter the iteration, the more opportunity for feedback and course correction.
2) Off-shoring. If you must, then here's what you can do to maximize the chances for success... but be prepared for a tough road ahead!
3) Mixing SCRUM roles. I've done it, but here's why you shouldn't!
4) Engineering best practices- hard to be successful with SCRUM if you don't have the technical practices in order.
5) Story and Task decomposition- some useful techniques and guidelines.
6) How to deal with maintenance work that interrupts your sprint
7) Dealing with technical debt, why is it important?
I found that the book itself was very easy to read. I think the anecdote at the beginning of each chapter is an effective way to get the reader to relate to the topic. You could read the book from start to end, or as I did, jump from chapter to chapter, picking out the topics that are most relevant to your situation.
For those new to SCRUM, having this book is really like having access to an experienced SCRUM trainer/coach to help guide you through the inevitable pitfalls. For those who are experienced with SCRUM, this book has a lot of advanced topics as well as serving as a great reference to the SCRUM fundamentals.
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