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Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional) [Paperback]

Ken Schwaber
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1 Feb 2004 Microsoft Professional

The rules and practices for Scrum—a simple process for managing complex projects—are few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itself—its lack of prescription—can be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results. In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessons—the successes and failures—culled from his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management. Through them, you’ll understand how to use Scrum to solve complex problems and drive better results—delivering more valuable software faster.

Gain the foundation in Scrum theory—and practice—you need to:

  • Rein in even the most complex, unwieldy projects
  • Effectively manage unknown or changing product requirements
  • Simplify the chain of command with self-managing development teams
  • Receive clearer specifications—and feedback—from customers
  • Greatly reduce project planning time and required tools
  • Build—and release—products in 30-day cycles so clients get deliverables earlier
  • Avoid missteps by regularly inspecting, reporting on, and fine-tuning projects
  • Support multiple teams working on a large-scale project from many geographic locations
  • Maximize return on investment!

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  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: MICROSOFT PRESS; 1 edition (1 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073561993X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735619937
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A 30-year veteran of the software development industry, Ken Schwaber is a leader of the agile process revolution and one of the developers of the Scrum process. A signatory of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, he subsequently founded the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance. Ken authored Agile Project Management with Scrum and coauthored Agile Software Development with Scrum and has helped train more than 47,000 certified ScrumMasters.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of case studies, 5 Dec 2006
Scrum is a simple emperical process of project management. There are few rules and these are adequately explained in a few pages and within the appendix of this book. So what, you might ask, is the rest of the book taken up with.

Well there's lots of case studies to demonstrate the practical use of Scrum in different scenarios. I must admit to having found these case studies a little uninteresting at times and a bit repetitive, however by the end of the book I feel I probably appreciated their purpose more than I did whilst reading them.

In terms of whether the book is worth owning, I found it well enough written and in general quite useful, however I do feel the meat of the subject can be summed up in far fewer pages and I'm split between the feeling that fewer case studies would have been adequate and that some were just "fillers" to pad out the book and the fact that, maybe, you can never have too many examples.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agile Project Management 26 April 2010
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From a Project/Programme Managers perspective, this is excellent introductory material for those who haven't used Scrum formally. The book introduces the reader to each of the Scrum concepts and also attempts to portray them in a real-world scenario. For those planning to undertake the certification course this would be a very good primer along with Agile Estimating and Planning (Robert C. Martin) by Mike Cohn.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good lessons learned 21 Dec 2010
Chapters of war-stories illustrating the challenges and possible solutions to developing software.

This book conveys a confusion commonly held about project management and managing software development: where this book says project management it means managing the software development. A project manager will be managing the scope, schedule, resource, costs, benefits and risks for the project sponsor and project board. The project management will contract with the development team to deliver products. The development team may use Agile and Scrum.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Plamen
Scrum is easy to understand and hard to implement. You can read about the roles, artefacts and ceremonies on many websites however this isn't enough. You learn best by doing it and in this book Ken is giving us his experience so we don't make the same mistakes. Of course there are many more truths to be learnt but this book gives you an excellent start. A must have for anyone starting with Scrum!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Claptrap! 18 Mar 2014
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How would I describe this publication? Claptrap, drivel, condescending, nave.

The author should be pitied as he is clearly suffering from some form of mental aberration or early on set Alzheimer’s.

The book is typical of any snake oil remedy, a collection or rambling vignettes making it impossible to apply any rigor.

My personal favourite is the final chapter is where our protagonist Ken, hires an exFBI operative ‘friend’ to locate a scrum team member holidaying in the boondocks such that he can come back and save the team, because he knows he would want this above all else. Thankfully in the United Kingdom we have legislation to protect the public from this sort of individual, who are generally sectioned in accordance with the mental health act.

For its content, it is a very expensive read, the body of the work can be gleaned from 4 of the pages in the appendix. My only advice would be to print it on 2 ply aloe vera impregnated velvet roll such that it can be put to good use in future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SCRUM foundations 24 Feb 2013
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If you are new SCRUM, that is invaluable book. Contains definitions, comparision with existing management methodologies, a how to apply SCRUM in different companies. If know the SCRUM still you can learn a lot from use cases! There is second part of it The Enterprise and Scrum
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice starting point for Scrum 22 Aug 2012
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This is a good, comprehensive overview of Scrum. It is worth finding other sources of info if you are learning however.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So so 28 Sep 2011
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If you like books that are short and to the point, avoid this one! I didn't like the wordy format and excessive case studies. If you have time to plough through it there is some worthy advice and learning points, but it could have been half the length. I'd recommend this to someone who wants something to read on the train, but if time is at a premium - read something that gets to the point quicker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent case study book
Interesting and informative book written using case studies to illustrate how to deal with different situations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carl A. Gilbert
2.0 out of 5 stars A slim volume with less content
Whilst there were some interesting examples among the case studies, for anyone with a simple comprehension of SCRUM this won't add much. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Personal Opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Gave a great case study based overview of Scrum. Valuable for those starting out onto the road of Scrum Master certification and also as a quick reference of 'what did they do'... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr G J Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful & informative
The book includes all the business cases and best practice examples needed to start applying the principles of agile management. Very useful!
Published 13 months ago by Tudor TM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Point with Practical Guidance
As most software development teams I come across are moving to a form of Agile, and increasingly Scrum, I recommend this book as a great kick-off point, and though it is a few... Read more
Published on 1 July 2011 by Robert Hogg
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I write this review because I just read the previous comment and could not disagree more.

First, the book

It was handed over to me by my new project leader... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2009 by Eric Le Bouffon
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with PRINCE2
Having read numerous other books about Project Management methodologies I came to this one. A colleague at work recommended Scrum, so I bought this and had a good read. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2009 by Mr. Christopher Hagon
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