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If you don't know what Scrum is, it's an agile methodology to manage team (and even individual) projects better and focus on pushing out quality products in time, based in sprints and having a well organized backlog of pending tasks. The book does a great job explaining everything in detail, and if you're looking to get into agile, I cannot recommend any other book better.
Something that stands out of the book by Scott M. Graffius is that it doesn't focus only on software developement, the most popular use of Scrum, but makes it more general.
All in all a really good read and a great starting point for improving your product making methodology. Worth the read equally for project managers, developers, and beginners.
As I teach project management, Mr. Graffius approached me and asked if I would be willing to read his book and write a review. I was happy to agree since I hoped that the content could be helpful in teaching my PM class. When I opened it, the first thing that caught my eye about this book was how well the message was designed. The pages use white space elegantly, the graphics support the text, and the text is clearly written. That alone is worth 4 stars! For a novice who isn't familiar with these concepts, this style makes it very easy to follow.
Each section includes the purpose, who is involved, when you complete it, how long it takes, and steps of how to complete it. This at-a-glance styles makes it extremely easy to understand and follow. The potential downside is that it doesn't provide a lot of extra detail; for some people this would be a plus, for others not. If you buy it knowing that its purpose is as a quick start guide, I'd think you'd be very happy. I tend to like a bit of a deeper dive in addition, but would absolutely want this on my desk as either a reference guide if I were experienced or to provide the steps without all the extra info if I were a novice. The glossary is excellent for the novice or for the expert to use to teach others, the steps excellent to learn from or to use as a check or review, and the appendices offer additional information to round out the minimalist steps. Lastly, I liked that this wasn't geared only to IT as many Agile Scrum books are.
Mr. Graffius repeats the main graphic throughout so you always can see where you are in the cycle. I'd have liked that to have delineated the "you are here" in the process for each step. I'd also have liked, upfront, a very short description of the roles, responsibilities and main terms. I realize the glossary is there, but some basics to set the stage would have been nice for me. I also missed having an index - I have several books that do not have one and each time I use them I wish that they had one. And, last, as noted by another reviewer, this doesn't cover testing.
A-type personalities (those inclined to avoid instruction manuals) and non-readers will rejoice upon discovering this guide which makes getting started with agile scrum a breeze.