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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 (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,792 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 VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
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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9 of 9 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful brief introduction to Scrum 1 Aug. 2015
By Jon L
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As dev lead for a small company experimenting with Scrum, I found this book to be a very useful 'way-in' for colleagues that weren't able to commit time to studying Scrum in more detail.

We distributed copies to the dev and management teams, and everyone found the necessary hour or two to read through it. Having done so, we all now have good general knowledge of what Scrum is about, which has helped to set the ball rolling for discussion and implementation.

It doesn't answer a lot of the questions that are likely to be asked of course, so if you're a Scrum-Master-to-be you'll want to make sure that you've done a bit more reading around!
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything i needed to know 21 Aug. 2013
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The trouble with short (breif) books is that they often leave you needing more, not this one.
I knew i needed to learn scrum but had no understanding at all about it until i got this book.

This book is very simple to read and clear and to the point, i have read through it twice already and will probably read it once more to really grasp the terms.

I am so impressed with Scrum that i have started to use it in my day to day management of my development team and we have instant results. i am now able to have accountability on work items and can clearly identify where skills are lacking, this alone is amazing. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 4 Feb. 2013
By Alex
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Very worthwhile - sure, you can find this information on the internet, but this presents it in a nice, quick to read format. I actually read this on the way to my Certified Scrum Master course
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Concise Intro for Novices
I flew through this book in a little less than 15 minutes. The writing is so concise that everything is picked up on the first pass. This is not an academic read. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kamuela
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended as a nice quick intro to agile
refreshingly brief and easy to read
Published 18 days ago by Mr. Varinder K. Duggal
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
Good brief intro to this topic. Recommend reading this first before going to more in-depth books as it provides a good overall summary.
Published 21 days ago by Gianluca Formica
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Simple, straightforward introduction
Published 22 days ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good. Very concise.
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Very potent and immediately useable introduction to an excitingly...
Very potent and immediately useable introduction to an excitingly productive/flexible method of productivity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent intro
As a definition of scrum it does a job, undoubtedly enough to get you started. Would've liked more expansion on problems, or resolutions, would like to know how the stories are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andymwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading
Great high level introduction. Recommended to people new to Scrum. Just what it says on the tin!
Well written. Suggested reading.
Published 1 month ago by Juan Whitby
5.0 out of 5 stars first class introduction to agile
If you want a quick overview so you don't sound like a noob, when faced with Agile then this book is the one. Easy to read and understand. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shilbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill! - to use a slightly out if date British term of praise
Or should i say absolutely brilliant- i did not have a clue what scrum was or any experience of software development but i loved it - and I'm sure i will use the knowledge with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andy Craze
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