The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year

The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year

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By (author) Mitch Lacey

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  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 229mm x 28mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0321554159
  • ISBN 13: 9780321554154
  • Sales rank: 180,256

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Thousands of IT professionals are being asked to make Scrum succeed in their organizations-including many who weren't involved in the decision to adopt it. If you're one of them, The Scrum Field Guide will give you skills and confidence to adopt Scrum more rapidly, more successfully, and with far less pain and fear. Long-time Scrum practitioner Mitch Lacey identifies major challenges associated with early-stage Scrum adoption, as well as deeper issues that emerge after companies have adopted Scrum, and describes how other organizations have overcome them. You'll learn how to gain "quick wins" that build support, and then use the flexibility of Scrum to maximize value creation across the entire process. In 30 brief, engaging chapters, Lacey guides you through everything from defining roles to setting priorities to determining team velocity, choosing a sprint length, and conducting customer reviews. Along the way, he explains why Scrum can seem counterintuitive, offers a solid grounding in the core agile concepts that make it work, and shows where it can (and shouldn't) be modified. Coverage includes * Getting teams on board, and bringing new team members aboard after you've started * Creating a "definition of done" for the team and organization * Implementing the strong technical practices that are indispensable for agile success * Balancing predictability and adaptability in release planning * Keeping defects in check * Running productive daily standup meetings * Keeping people engaged with pair programming * Managing culture clashes on Scrum teams * Performing "emergency procedures" to get sprints back on track * Establishing a pace your team can truly sustain * Accurately costing projects, and measuring the value they deliver * Documenting Scrum projects effectively * Prioritizing and estimating large backlogs * Integrating outsourced and offshored components Packed with real-world examples from Lacey's own experience, this book is invaluable to everyone transitioning to agile: developers, architects, testers, managers, and project owners alike.

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Mitch Lacey has been an agile practitioner and consultant and is the founder of Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc., a software consulting and training firm. Mitch helps teams and companies realize gains in efficiency by adopting agile principles and practices such as Scrum and Extreme Programming. Mitch cut his agile teeth at Microsoft Corporation working on a variety of projects, sometimes as the product owner, other times as the ScrumMaster. Today, with more than 16 years of experience under his belt, Mitch works as an agile trainer and coach. He also continues to develop his craft by experimenting and practicing with project teams at many different organizations.Mitch is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide; has served on the board of the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance; and chaired the Agile 2012 conference.

Table of contents

Foreword by Jim Highsmith xix Foreword by Jeff Sutherland xxi Preface xxv Acknowledgments xxix About the Author xxxi Chapter 1: Scrum: Simple, Not Easy 1 The Story 1 Scrum 6 Keys to Success 17 References 18 Part I: Getting Prepared 19 Chapter 2: Getting People On Board 21 The Story 21 The Model 27 Change Takes Time 28 Keys to Success 31 References 32 Chapter 3: Using Team Consultants to Optimize Team Performance 33 The Story 33 The Model 37 Keys to Success 45 References 48 Works Consulted 48 Chapter 4: Determining Team Velocity 49 The Story 49 The Model 54 Keys to Success 63 References 65 Chapter 5: Implementing the Scrum Roles 67 The Story 67 The Model 70 Keys to Success 76 Chapter 6: Determining Sprint Length 77 The Story 77 The Model 80 Keys to Success 87 References 88 Chapter 7: How Do We Know When We Are Done? 89 The Story 89 The Model 91 Keys to Success 97 References 97 Chapter 8: The Case for a Full-Time ScrumMaster 99 The Story 99 The Model 102 Keys to Success 108 References 112 Work Consulted 112 Part II: Field Basics 113 Chapter 9: Why Engineering Practices Are Important in Scrum 115 The Story 115 The Practices 119 Keys to Success 126 References 129 Works Consulted 129 Chapter 10: Core Hours 131 The Story 131 The Model 134 Keys to Success 138 Chapter 11: Release Planning 139 The Story 139 The Model 142 Keys to Success 151 References 152 Chapter 12: Decomposing Stories and Tasks 153 The Story 153 The Model 155 Keys to Success 163 References 164 Works Consulted 164 Chapter 13: Keeping Defects in Check 165 The Story 165 The Model 166 Keys to Success 169 References 169 Work Consulted 170 Chapter 14: Sustained Engineering and Scrum 171 The Story 171 The Model 174 Keys to Success 177 References 178 Chapter 15: The Sprint Review 179 The Story 179 The Model 182 Keys to Success 185 Works Consulted 187 Chapter 16: Retrospectives 189 The Story 189 The Practice 191 Keys to Success 196 References 197 Part III: First Aid 199 Chapter 17: Running a Productive Daily Standup Meeting 201 The Story 201 The Model 204 Keys to Success 2 09 Chapter 18: The Fourth Question in Scrum 213 The Story 213 The Model 216 Keys to Success 216 References 217 Chapter 19: Keeping People Engaged with Pair Programming 219 The Story 219 The Model 221 Keys to Success 226 References 227 Chapter 20: Adding New Team Members 229 The Story 229 The Model 231 Keys to Success 234 References 235 Chapter 21: When Cultures Collide 237 The Story 237 The Model 242 Keys to Success 247 References 250 Works Consulted 250 Chapter 22: Sprint Emergency Procedures 251 The Story 251 The Model 253 Keys to Success 256 References 257 Part IV: Advanced Survival Techniques 259 Chapter 23: Sustainable Pace 261 The Story 261 The Model 265 Keys to Success 270 References 271 Chapter 24: Delivering Working Software 273 The Story 273 The Model 277 Keys to Success 280 Work Consulted 283 Chapter 25: Optimizing and Measuring Value 285 The Story 285 The Model 287 Keys to Success 292 Works Consulted 293 Chapter 26: Up-Front Project Costing 295 The Story 295 The Model 299 Keys to Success 303 References 304 Chapter 27: Documentation in Scrum Projects 305 The Story 305 The Model 308 Keys to Success 315 References 316 Chapter 28: Outsourcing and Offshoring 317 The Story 317 The Model 320 Keys to Success 324 References 329 Work Consulted 329 Chapter 29: Prioritizing and Estimating Large Backlogs 331 The Story 331 The Model 334 Keys to Success 338 References 340 Chapter 30: Writing Contracts 341 The Story 341 The Model 345 Keys to Success 353 References 356 Appendix: Scrum Framework 357 The Roles 357 The Artifacts 359 The Meetings 361 Putting It All Together 364 Index 365