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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com; 1 edition (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430322640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430322641
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
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I bought this book after being made a senior developer at my company. I have little experience with SCRUM and XP, but this book does an excellent job of describing the process from the ground up.

Henrik does an excellent job of not just describing the SCRUM process, but also talking about what did (and just as importantly what DIDN'T) work. He goes to great lengths to remind the reader that this was an organic process, and that what worked for him and his team may not necessarily work for you.

By the end of the book, I had a good idea of what was going to work for my and my team. While we didn't adapt all his processes, we learned enough from the book to make our own decisions on how to best implement SCRUM.
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This is a good read but the copy wasn't in colour so some of the images and diagrams were hard to make out.
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This is a short but very informative book that describes how the author has implemented and used Scrum and XP. Don't buy this book if you want to learn in detail the process behind Scrum or XP. Do buy this book if you understand the basics of agile and are looking for details of a real world Scrum and XP implementation that tells it as it is, 'warts n' all'.

This is a short book but that doesn't mean that it is lacking in value. There are lots of useful nuggets in it; though some may seem very obvious. Everything is obvious once you know about it ;-). There is also a very good example about determining and using your teams focus factor.

In summary, I recommend you buy this book!
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If you are looking for an introduction to Scrum or agile development methods in general, it might be better to start with another book, such as Agile and iterative development or Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional). However, if you are implementing Scrum or similar, and want practical advice about what approach to take, or perhaps reassurance that you are on the right track, then this book is well worth reading.

In chapters that are brief and to the point, Kniberg explains how his organisation uses Scrum; what problems they encounter; which solutions they've found to work, and which haven't. He doesn't claim to have all the answers, or to offer solutions that will work for all readers, but anyone involved in software development teams will find much that is helpful.
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First impressions when opening "Scrum and XP from the Trenches: How we do Scrum" are "ugh, what nasty yellow paper" and "wow, poor quality pictures". However, once past that initial impression, it's a very useful book. As documented in the book itself, it was written by the author in three days, whilst he had a fever. As a result, it does read like a brain-dump done quickly, rather than like a professionally edited book. "Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban", by the same author, is much better in that respect. However, a short, easy to read, brain-dump like this can sometimes be refreshingly informal. I quite liked it for a change, although I'm glad not all books are done this way.

Ignoring the paper, quality of the images, and some of the errors in the language used, the content is actually very useful. It's basically how one company does Scrum and XP, and so I found it interesting to compare how the company I work for does it against the company that Henrik Kniberg works for does it. I certainly picked up a few ideas that I will propose trying where I work, some of which could be big improvements, making things more efficient and more sustainable. It also reminded me that a few things we used to do, we have slipped out of the habit of doing. Reading this has spurred me on to get those things done again as they did add value. Of course, there are also things that the author's company does that we do differently, and I see no reason to change. As the author says, there are many ways of doing things with Scrum, and each team/company should identify what works for them.

So, for me as somebody who has been working in a distributed Agile team, doing both Scrum and Kanban, as well as aspects of XP (which the book touches on, but not in detail), this book has been useful in spurring me on to make some changes. I suspect it would be very useful for people completely new to Agile as well.

Recommended.
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Having just completed a large Enterprise development project using Scrum it's nice to see that some of the issues we encountered have been mirrored in other organisations. If you want to get an idea of what it's like to use Scrum in the real world, then you should read this little book.
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Excellent book! Easy to read, and it will give you a profound insight into how you could do Scrum.
It started a lot of ideas in my head, and with the real life and daily examples in the book, we are getting closer to our optimal process.
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