on 28 September 2012
If you are new to Scrum or want to improve your use of Scrum, then this is the book for you.
In this book, Rubin demonstrates his own deep and practical experience of implementing and using Scrum.
I found Chapter 3 on Agile Principles to be an excellent, insightful and thought provoking look at the principles that agile teams and organisations should embody, especially where Kenny talks about focussing on idle work rather than idle people - something that so many organisations get so badly wrong.
Everyone involved in developing software products should read Chapter 8 on Technical Debt as it will help pretty much anybody to improve the software they write. Also, there isn't a manager that I've met that wouldn't benefit from reading Chapter 13.
Basically, I can't see anyone not benefiting greatly from reading this book.
on 30 April 2014
The book is very readable, nice font, nice diagrams and does go into various issues.
Certainly a lot more appealing to the eye than the original Schwaber scrum book, but all that pretty layout and diagrams makes a fairly hefty book, so at over 300 pages it's a big of a commitment to read it.
on 16 September 2013
This book provides a comprehensive description of the Scrum framework backed up by plenty of discussion, illustrations and practical tips. It's an excellent guide for the adoption and ongoing implementation of Scrum. It also covers advanced concepts such as Portfolio Planning, Envisioning and technical debt. Also useful is how the book relates key aspects of Scrum to economic realities by providing cost/benefit calculations to show how they support and affect decision making in the framework. This is excellent material to demonstrate the value of Scrum to commercial stakeholders. The author's accessible style and excellent layout of chapters make it very easy to read. An added benefit is the author's use of a set of icons and diagrams that can be downloaded from the books website and used in internal presentations.