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Agile Software Development with SCRUM [Paperback]

Ken Schwaber , Mike Beedle
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11 Oct 2001 0130676349 978-0130676344 1

eXtreme Programming is an ideal many software shops would love to reach, but with the constant pressures to produce software quickly, they cannot actually implement it. The Agile software process allows a company to implement eXtreme Programming quickly and immediately-and to begin producing software incrementally in as little as 30 days! Implementing eXtreme Programming is easier said than done. The process can be time consuming and actually slow down current software projects that are in process. This book shows readers how to use SCRUM, an Agile software development process, to quickly and seamlessly implement XP in their shop-while still producing actual software. Using SCRUM and the Agile process can virtually eliminate all downtime during an XP implementation.

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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (11 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130676349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130676344
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Agile development methods are key to the future of flexible software systems. Scrum is one of the vanguards of the new way to buy and manage software development when business conditions are changing. This book distills both the theory and practice and is essential reading for anyone who needs to cope with software in a volatile world." — Martin Fowler, industry consultant and CTO, ThoughtWorks

"Most executives today are not happy with their organization's ability to deliver systems at reasonable cost and timeframes. Yet, if pressed, they will admit that they don't think their software developers are not competent. If it's not the engineers, then what is it that prevents fast development at reasonable cost? Scrum gives the answer to the question and the solution to the problem. — Alan Buffington, industry consultant, former Present, Fidelity Systems Company

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Arguably the most important book about managing technology and systems development efforts, this book describes building systems using the deceptively simple process, Scrum. Readers will come to understand a new approach to systems development projects that cuts through the complexity and ambiguity of complex, emergent requirements and unstable technology to iteratively and quickly produce quality software.

  • Learn how to immediately start producing software incrementally regardless of existing engineering practices or methodologies
  • Learn how to simplify the implementation of Agile processes
  • Learn how to simplify XP implementation through a Scrum wrapper
  • Learn why Agile processes work and how to manage them
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of Agile processes

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A paradigm shift in software development 20 Dec 2002
By "xvf"
5 stars to the writers, less of them to the publisher (you don't get to see graphics that bad these days). I read 'Extreme Programming Explained' almost two years ago, enjoyed it, and changed some of my views on the development process; I adopted some practices, but the XP Planning Game did not fit in our process. I the read 'Agile Software Development Ecosystems', enjoyed it, and learned that XP was not the only alternative to the conventional software development process. Now, Scrum, and its well thought simplicity, has shown me a proven and understandable way to manage software projects, and deepened the changes that the XP book stared on me.
The discussion on the "defined process control model" vs the "empirical process control model", in Chapter 2 and available on line, should be mandatory reading for any one involved with IT. Chapter 5 extends this discussion and is also outstanding.
Chapter 6 provides several models/views to explain Scrum; having several models of the same thing is something that you do very often when doing software design and deepens your understanding of the system; I liked the use of this technique in prose and the very interesting models covered.
Read it. You may not want to become a Scrum practitioner, but the book will probably change the way that you think about software development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideas that work with new terminology 19 Sep 2003
This book explains some very useful methods for delivering customer-focused solutions. Aside from a new set of terminology to get used to, the book cites the usefulness of: fast daily status meetings ("Scrums"), 'locked' 30-day iterations ("Sprints") that deliver working code at the end, small teams of 6-8 multi-skilled people, a prioritised book of work that is re-appraised every 30 days ("Backlog"), regular assessment of the work effort in the backlog rather than using a project plan, collective responsibility for delivery. I have seen people use these methods in successful projects within my company but they didn't know they were using Scrum, they were just doing things that they felt were right, have worked for them in the past and enabled them to focus on driving out a solution that would meet the real needs of the users.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 17 Aug 2009
By Paolo
This book has been disappointing and boring. You can find the most interesting parts also in Ken Schwaber's speech at Google Tech Talks (Scrum Et Al, September 5, 2006). Throughout the book, the authors try to sell Scrum. I wanted to learn how to use this methodology, but they kept focusing just on how cool it is for the company.

Scrum is great (i suppose!) but this book is definitely NOT worth buying.

Note: I didn't consider in the vote the poor quality of the figures. The resolution sometimes is so low that you can't even read what is written on the diagrams.
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This was one of the first books published on Agile software techniques, and is in some ways showing its age. The quality of the diagrams is poor (although they are still perfectly understandable), and Scrum in its original form has been superseded by a variety of other techniques.

But these other techniques might never have existed had it not been for Scrum, and the software development principles embodied in this book are still core to the whole ethos of Agile processes. For those reasons, this is still a key book that should be read and understood by anyone working in software development today, particularly anyone with people or project management responsibilities.

Schwaber and Beedle's book is quite short and easy to read: both of which are to its benefit. That Scrum is simple enough to be described so succinctly is one of the main reasons why it works as a process, and achieved rapid widespread adoption. This is the book that introduced Scrum to the world, and more than ten years later is probably still the best introduction to the topic.

Note that Scrum focuses on the project management aspects of software development. If you're looking for information on the more technical development activities, other books will serve you better; for example Kent Beck's "Extreme Programming Explained" (which again is a few years old, but still excellent).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting content but... 1 Dec 2013
By JNow
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I liked that book as I borrowed a copy from my library. Decided to buy one for myself. The quality of the book was very disappointing. While copy from the library was on thick white paper, the one I got from Amazon was on a very transparent and dark one. Reading page 1 I can see page 2 and 3. Have never seen a book like this. Very, very disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point 5 April 2009
We decided to look at Scrum after deciding agile was the way forward but failed to implement a decent framework around it. Scrum is a very straightforward and lightweight project management framework and this book gets the principles across succinctly. I was able to pass this book over to our COO (a non-technie) and he read it and has embraced it too - between us we've been practising Scrum since, so far with good success. Following this I highly recommend you read Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn
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