- 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
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Scrum and XP from the Trenches (Enterprise Software Development) Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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Really good, hands-on, no nonsense, no pretensions, no dogmas; highly recommended!Published 22 months ago by N. Zonneveld
Brilliant Book on scrum,wrote in a very intresting way. Even if you know Agie, you will still learn stuff from this book.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very easy to read, and you get a lot of ground covered on a minimal amount of pages. So I reccomend people who dont have any experince with this agile developments... Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2014 by Lars mathiesen
This little book is not written as an academic text but just the story of how one company use this agile techniques for their software development and quality management. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by drbatnott
100% recommended. Although he provides feedback from his experience (and it is clearly stated from time to time), he also provides useful explanations about why he decided to do it... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2010 by Sergio M