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Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction [Kindle Edition]

Chris Sims , Hillary Louise Johnson
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Book Description

A pocket-sized overview of roles, artifacts and the sprint cycle, adapted from the bestsellerThe Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims & Hillary Louise Johnson

Praise for The Elements of Scrum:

“If you want to understand the essentials of Agile development and Scrum, The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson is a must read.” -Dave Moran

“Bravo. 6 stars. I wish all computer books were written like this.” -T. McCann

“As a consultant who works in agile, this is the book I’ve been waiting for.” -Liz Lewison

“For those only dancing with the idea of learning scrum and agile, I have three words—Read this Book.” -Brendan Kane


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About the Author

Chris Sims is a Certified Scrum Trainer and agile coach who has been helping teams improve their happiness and productivity since the turn of the century. He has made a living in roles such as: scrum master, product owner, engineering manager, C++ developer, musician, and auto mechanic. Chris is the founder of Agile Learning Labs and a frequent presenter at agile conferences. Hillary Louise Johnson is an author and former business journalist who has written on innovation, technology and pop culture for Inc magazine and the Los Angeles Times. As an intellectual property consultant she has drafted numerous technology patents. She has been editor-in-chief of several print and online publications and is now Agile Learning Labs’ creative director.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Dymaxicon (30 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P5N8D4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for newbies and many seasoned developers 2 July 2013
By J. S. Hardman TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I've been working as a Team Member on a SCRUM team for 15+ months. Whilst I've read various books about Agile practices, covering different aspects of the development lifecycle (estimating, testing etc), I've not read one as concise as this before. Somebody I know who keeps hearing me talk about Agile bought this book to get an overview. I borrowed it and read it in half an hour (yes, it really is that short). Did I learn anything from it? No. However, it did remind me of a couple of aspects of SCRUM that the team I am part of doesn't practice. It also reminded me to address the definition of Done again, which is vital to things working smoothly. So, this tiny little book was useful for me as a seasoned software engineer (30+ years) who has been working with SCRUM for the last 15+ months. For anybody new to SCRUM and Agile, I suspect this book will also be useful, but mainly to trigger asking pertinent questions. This book is not enough on its own to suddenly convert a "waterfall" style team to SCRUM/Agile. It is, however, useful, accessible and short!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise yet thorough 12 July 2012
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Just been invited to project manage an IT team using SCRUM. This book clearly outlines its merits and methodolgy. I'm now very confident and excited to lead the team.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Sept. 2012
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Small easy to read book with excellent descriptions of Scrum.
I bought it to research Agile and Scrum before I went on a course and it has helped immensely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Does what is written on the cover. 28 Feb. 2014
By Garish
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I've suspected for a long time that agile development is the right way to work in the short term. This little book explains why, and introduced me to the roles. I now know what a scrum master does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A succinct introduction 28 July 2014
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I never heard of Agile or Scrum before, but after reading this quick and informative overview, it's an approach I've been using intuitively in my own software development. It makes sense. No need for complicated documents and dependency diagrams as in SSADM, yet rigorous enough to get things done and stick to the requirements (even if they tend to change during development as they inevitably do).

There's no discussion about the disadvantages and inherent pitfalls, but that's not necessary in this short treatise. I imagine it's something one would have to look into when working with Scrum in practice. Even for a large-scale project, it would probably be useful to break it down into smaller projects and use Scrum as a way to manage the development cycle.

What seems to be the most salient feature of Scrum is that developers work in small teams of around 7-9 people, with regular but highly focused planning and status meetings for each iteration of the product life cycle; and this keeps the communication tight and clear between members. And the client gets to see the progress milestones more frequently also, with real working results at each iteration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet. 14 Jan. 2014
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I needed a quick overview. It does what it says on the tin. Nice job. Definitely worth it a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Introduction 26 Aug. 2013
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Pretty okay for a short introduction to the concept of the Scrum methodology. Quite short, but it gives a decent outline of the major points.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short, but Useful 25 Aug. 2013
By Niall
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If you want a basic introduction or reference, this is good. If you want any detail I'd recommend something else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok as a purely intellectual exercise. Nothing very practical I'm afraid
Published 4 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars It's nice introduction that gives you a reasonable overview of what...
Bought these book to hand out to new product owners that join IT projects and scrums. It's nice introduction that gives you a reasonable overview of what Agile and scrum is about... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mattdoc30
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great concise book to either get you started or keep ...
Really great concise book to either get you started or keep you on track with implementing scrum on your team. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mikie
4.0 out of 5 stars Scrummy
If only all basics books got to the point and stuck to the point making themselves this brief, we'd all be better informed on those basics. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PracticalCriticiser101
5.0 out of 5 stars a great intro
If you are being introduced to scrum, or are in a company where your tech teams are, this is a great intro as to how they will be working and what you should expect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Lemon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summary
Exactly what it says. This book is an excellent refresher (or introduction). Easily readable on a daily commute and right to the point.
Published 1 month ago by unknownstuntman
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief, Relevant and Easily Read
This publication lives up to its name beautifully. It really is a breathtakingly brief introduction and arguably the easiest way for project managers and new Agile practitioners... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven Feeney
5.0 out of 5 stars nice and easy
Great overview of basic agile concepts. Very good way to get up to speed with agile in an agile manner!
Published 2 months ago by David Rolo
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent summary!
Downloaded this book to get a quick overview of Agile - we currently use agile methodologies but I had never read a formal text on the subject. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rvtherc
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Basic short book but a good overview
Published 3 months ago by helen
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