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Essential Scrum : A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

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A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process The Single-Source, Comprehensive Guide to Scrum for All Team Members, Managers, and Executives If you want to use Scrum to develop innovative products and services that delight your customers, Essential Scrum is the complete, single-source reference you've been searching for. Leading Scrum coach and trainer Kenny Rubin illuminates the values, principles, and practices of Scrum, and describes flexible, proven approaches that can help you implement it far more effectively. Whether you are new to Scrum or years into your use, this book will introduce, clarify, and deepen your Scrum knowledge at the team, product, and portfolio levels. Drawing from Rubin's experience helping hundreds of organizations succeed with Scrum, this book provides easy-to-digest descriptions enhanced by more than two hundred illustrations based on an entirely new visual icon language for describing Scrum's roles, artifacts, and activities. Essential Scrum will provide every team member, manager, and executive with a common understanding of Scrum, a shared vocabulary they can use in applying it, and practical knowledge for deriving maximum value from it.show more

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  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 793.78g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 0137043295
  • 9780137043293
  • 144,047

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"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 understand the value of building quality in, and the reality that we can't get everything right up front; we must work incrementally and learn as we go. It might have `Scrum' in the title, but the book leverages effective practices from the larger agile universe to help managers and their teams succeed."-Lisa Crispin, coauthor, Agile Testing "Kenny Rubin managed to write the book that I want everyone associated with Scrum development to read! He covers everything you'll need to know about Scrum and more!"-Martine Devos, European Scrum Pioneer and Certified Scrum Trainer "I've reviewed a number of agile books in the past few years, so the question of `Do we really need another one?' always comes to my mind. In the case of Kenny's book, I very much believe the answer is `yes.' Getting the benefit of different, experienced perspectives on commonly encountered and needed material is valuable. Kenny has one of those valuable perspectives. One unique aspect of the book is an interesting `iconography'-a new icon language for Scrum and agile that Kenny has created. I believe you'll find value-added material in this book to expand your ideas for how Scrum can be applied."-Scott Duncan, Agile/Scrum coach and trainer "Anyone who has had Scrum training or has been part of a Scrum team will find Essential Scrum to be a great follow-up read. It dives into the details of how to become more agile through implementing Scrum processes, and it explains exactly how to break down complex projects into manageable initiatives (or `sprints'). Kenny Rubin provides a wealth of relevant case studies on what worked-or what didn't-in a variety of organizations. The simple layout and businesslike graphics make it easy to scan quickly and find specific topics. Any organization that is seeking to evolve from a traditional waterfall approach toward a more agile methodology will find Essential Scrum a definitive guidebook for the journey."-Julia Frazier, product manager "Developing software is hard. Adopting a new way of working while in a project is even harder. This book offers a bypass of many of the pitfalls and will accelerate a team's ability to produce business value and become successful with Scrum. I wish I had this kind of book when I started using Scrum."-Geir Hedemark, Development Manager, Basefarm AS "I am convinced that Essential Scrum will become the foundation reference for the next generation of Scrum practitioners. Not only is it the most comprehensive introduction to Scrum in publication today, but it is also extremely well written and easy on the eye with its fantastic new visual Scrum language. If that isn't enough, Kenny shares a range of his valuable personal insights and experiences that we can all certainly learn from."-Ilan Goldstein, Agile Solutions Manager, Reed Elsevier "Scrum is elegantly simple, yet deceptively complex. In Essential Scrum, Kenny Rubin provides us with a step-by-step guide to those complexities while retaining the essential simplicity. Real-world experiences coupled with enlightening illustrations make Scrum come to life. For senior managers and team members alike, this is a must-read book if you are starting or considering whether to implement Scrum in your organization. This will certainly be a book recommended to my students."-John Hebley, Hebley & Associates "Kenny unpacks a wealth of wisdom and knowledge in Essential Scrum, providing valuable and comprehensive insights to the practical application of agile/Scrum. Whether you're new to agile or are looking to reach a greater maturity of continuous improvement in your organization, this is a definitive handbook for your toolbox."-David Luzquinos, Head of Agile Enablement, Agile Coach, Betfair "Kenny Rubin continues to provide clarity and insight into adopting agile in a pragmatic way. In one hand he holds the formal or ideal Scrum definition and in the other, the pragmatic application of it. He brings the wisdom of his workshops and years of experience to the table, and now for you to read in his latest book. If you are about to start out on your agile adoption journey or are seeking guidance midcourse, grab a copy."-Cuan Mulligan, freelance coactive Agile coach "A decade after publication of the first Scrum books, it is time to combine the essential aspects of the Scrum framework with the practical experiences and approaches of the last ten years. Kenny Rubin does so in a satisfying and nondogmatic way. The reader gets a pragmatic look at Scrum and learns when and how to best apply Scrum to achieve business benefits."-Yves Stalgies, PhD, Director IT, www.etracker.com "Adoption of Scrum is most successful when everyone involved-even peripherally-with product development has a good understanding of the fundamentals. Essential Scrum provides an ideal overview of both the big picture and the details in an accessible style. It is sure to become a standard reference."-Kevin Tureski, Principal, Kevin Tureski Consultingshow more

About Kenneth S. Rubin

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).show more

Table of contents

List of Figures xxvForeword by Mike Cohn xxxiForeword by Ron Jeffries xxxiiiPreface xxxvAcknowledgments xxxixAbout the Author xliii Chapter 1: Introduction 1What Is Scrum? 1Scrum Origins 3Why Scrum? 4Genomica Results 4Can Scrum Help You? 5Closing 10 Part I: Core Concepts 11 Chapter 2: Scrum Framework 13Overview 13Scrum Roles 14Scrum Activities and Artifacts 16Closing 28 Chapter 3: Agile Principles 29Overview 29Variability and Uncertainty 32Prediction and Adaptation 37Just-in-Time Work 43Validated Learning 44Work in Process (WIP) 48Progress 54Performance 56Closing 58 Chapter 4: Sprints 61Overview 61Timeboxed 62Short Duration 64Consistent Duration 67No Goal-Altering Changes 69Definition of Done 74Closing 78 Chapter 5: Requirements and User Stories 79Overview 79Using Conversations 81Progressive Refinement 82What Are User Stories? 83Level of Detail 86INVEST in Good Stories 88Nonfunctional Requirements 93Knowledge-Acquisition Stories 93Gathering Stories 95Closing 98 Chapter 6: Product Backlog 99Overview 99Product Backlog Items 100Good Product Backlog Characteristics 101Grooming 104Definition of Ready 108Flow Management 110Which and How Many Product Backlogs? 112Closing 118 Chapter 7: Estimation and Velocity 119Overview 119What and When We Estimate 120PBI Estimation Concepts 123PBI Estimation Units 128Planning Poker 129What Is Velocity? 133Calculate a Velocity Range 134Forecasting Velocity 135Affecting Velocity 135Misusing Velocity 137Closing 138 Chapter 8: Technical Debt 139Overview 139Consequences of Technical Debt 141Causes of Technical Debt 144Technical Debt Must Be Managed 148Managing the Accrual of Technical Debt 149Making Technical Debt Visible 153Servicing the Technical Debt 155Closing 162 Part II: Roles 163 Chapter 9: Product Owner 165Overview 165Principal Responsibilities 166Characteristics/Skills 171A Day in the Life 174Who Should Be a Product Owner? 176Product Owner Combined with Other Roles 181Product Owner Team 182Closing 184 Chapter 10: ScrumMaster 185Overview 185Principal Responsibilities 185Characteristics/Skills 188A Day in the Life 190Fulfilling the Role 191Closing 193 Chapter 11: Development Team 195Overview 195Role-Specific Teams 195Principal Responsibilities 196Characteristics/Skills 198Closing 211 Chapter 12: Scrum Team Structures 213Overview 213Feature Teams versus Component Teams 213Multiple-Team Coordination 218Closing 223 Chapter 13: Managers 225Overview 225Fashioning Teams 227Nurturing Teams 231Aligning and Adapting the Environment 233Managing Value-Creation Flow 235Project Managers 237Closing 243 Part III: Planning 245 Chapter 14: Scrum Planning Principles 247Overview 247Don't Assume We Can Get the Plans Right Up Front 248Up-Front Planning Should Be Helpful without Being Excessive 248Keep Planning Options Open Until the Last Responsible Moment 249Focus More on Adapting and Replanning Than on Conforming to a Plan 249Correctly Manage the Planning Inventory 251Favor Smaller and More Frequent Releases 252Plan to Learn Fast and Pivot When Necessary 254Closing 255 Chapter 15: Multilevel Planning 257Overview 257Portfolio Planning 259Product Planning (Envisioning) 259Release Planning 261Sprint Planning 264Daily Planning 264Closing 265 Chapter 16: Portfolio Planning 267Overview 267Scheduling Strategies 270Inflow Strategies 275Outflow Strategies 280In-Process Strategies 283Closing 285 Chapter 17: Envisioning (Product Planning) 287Overview 287SR4U Example 290Visioning 291High-Level Product Backlog Creation 294Product Roadmap Definition 295Other Activities 298Economically Sensible Envisioning 299Closing 306 Chapter 18: Release Planning (Longer-Term Planning) 307Overview 307Release Constraints 311Grooming the Product Backlog 315Refine Minimum Releasable Features (MRFs) 316Sprint Mapping (PBI Slotting) 316Fixed-Date Release Planning 318Fixed-Scope Release Planning 323Calculating Cost 325Communicating 326Closing 330 Part IV: Sprinting 333 Chapter 19: Sprint Planning 335Overview 335Approaches to Sprint Planning 338Determining Capacity 340Selecting Product Backlog Items 343Acquiring Confidence 344Refine the Sprint Goal 346Finalize the Commitment 346Closing 346 Chapter 20: Sprint Execution 347Overview 347Sprint Execution Planning 349Flow Management 349Daily Scrum 354Task Performance-Technical Practices 355Communicating 356Closing 360 Chapter 21: Sprint Review 363Overview 363Participants 364Prework 365Approach 368Sprint Review Issues 372Closing 373 Chapter 22: Sprint Retrospective 375Overview 375Participants 377Prework 378Approach 380Follow Through 391Sprint Retrospective Issues 392Closing 393 Chapter 23: The Path Forward 395There Is No End State 395Discover Your Own Path 396Sharing Best Practices 396Using Scrum to Discover the Path Forward 397Get Going! 398 Glossary 401References 423Index 427show more

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