Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum (Addison-Wesley Signature) Paperback – 26 Oct 2009
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Praise for Succeeding with Agile
“Understanding the mechanics of an agile process is just not enough. Mike Cohn has compiled a superb and comprehensive collection of advice that will help individuals and teams with the intricate task of adopting and adapting agile processes to fit their specific challenges. This book will become the definitive handbook for agile teams.”
–Colin Bird, Global Head of Agile, EMC Consulting
“Mike Cohn’s experience working with so many different organizations in the adoption of agile methods shines through with practical approaches and valuable insights. If you really want agile methods to stick, this is the book to read.”
–Jeff Honious, Vice President, Innovation, Reed Elsevier
“Mike Cohn has done it again. Succeeding with Agile is based on his experience, and all of our experience, with agile to date. He covers from the earliest days of the project up to maturity and offers advice for the individual, the team, and the enterprise. No matter where you are in the agile cycle, this book has something for you!”
–Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com
“If you want to start or take the next step in agile software development, this book is for you. It discusses issues, great solutions, and helpful guidelines when scaling up in agile projects. We used the guidelines from this book extensively when we introduced agile in a large, FDA-regulated department.”
–Christ Vriens, Department Head of MiPlaza, part of Philips Research
“If making the move to agile has always baffled you, then this book will unlock its mysteries. Mike Cohn gives us all the definitive, no-nonsense guide to transforming your organization into a high-powered, innovative, and competitive success.”
–Steve Greene, Senior Director, Program Management and Agile Development, www.salesforce.com
“Mike Cohn is a great advisor for transforming your software organization. This book is a distillation of everything Mike has learned over the years working with companies that are trying to become more agile. If you are thinking of going agile, pick up this book.”
–Christopher Fry, Ph.D., Vice President Development, Platform, www.salesforce.com
“Whether you’re just starting out or have some Scrum experience under your belt, in Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn provides a wealth of information to guide you in your quest toward continuous improvement. Throughout the book, concepts are reinforced with practical everyday advice, including how to handle objections and thought-provoking ‘things to try now.’ An extensive list of recommended readings round this out to be a must have book.”
–Nikki Rohm, Studio Director Project and Resource Management, Electronic Arts
“The first steps along the path of improving your software process with Scrum are hard, and every step reveals new challenges. In Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn shows how other organizations have followed this path, how you can learn from them to have a successful implementation of Scrum, and put your organization on the path of constant improvement and delivery of value.”
–Johanes Brodwall, Chief Scientist, Steria Norway
“I began to recommend Mike Cohn’s new book as soon as I began to review it. It seems that as soon as someone asked me a question about some corner of agile development, I would realize that I had just read something excellent in one of Mike’s chapters. I am so glad the book is finally out so I can stop saying, ‘Mike Cohn has a great new book coming out soon that will talk about this problem.’ Now I can say, ‘Mike’s book is out! Get it!’”
–Linda Rising, Coauthor with Mary Lynn Manns of Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas
“The title says it all; this is an astonishingly insightful and pragmatic guide to succeeding with agile software development. If you only read one agile book, this is the one. I want to give it to all my clients now!”
–Henrik Kniberg, Agile Coach, Agile Alliance Board Member, Author of Scrum and XP from the Trenches
“Mike Cohn blends thorough theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on techniques. This is another great agile book from Mike. It will help your team, your department, or your whole organization Succeed with Agile.”
–Matt Truxaw, Application Delivery Manager, Kaiser Permanente IT, Certified Scrum Master
“Mike Cohn’s new book is the definitive guide for companies transitioning to Scrum. Its contents are practical and easily accessible. Get it, read it, and apply it!”
–Roman Pichler, Author of Agile Product Management with Scrum
“Succeeding with Agile is at once enormously practical, deeply insightful, and a pleasure to read. It combines great ideas with stories and examples from around the software industry and will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those looking to adopt a new company-wide agile process to developers who just need to improve the way a team is running a single project.”
–Andrew Stellman, Developer, Project Manager, and Author of Head First PMP, Beautiful Teams, Applied Software Project Management
“Adopting agile methods is hard enough on a greenfield web app in a small company. Transforming an enterprise is another matter. This book captures challenges like the ones we faced and offers insight and, more importantly, practical approaches.”
–Michael Wollin, Senior Development Manager, Broadcast Production Systems, CNN
“Mike Cohn has put together a fantastic book of guidelines to not only start the Scrum implementation, but to turn your entire corporation into an agile community. I have already implemented many of the recommendations included in this text and have seen a positive influence on the support for Scrum within our organization.”
–James Tischart, CSM, CSP, CTFL, Vice President, Product Delivery, Mx Logic, Inc
“In Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn has scoured and sifted through the collective experience and lessons of not only scores of different projects, teams, and organizations from his own agile experience, but also from the experience of countless others. He provides real-world stories from the trenches, useful data and studies, and invaluable insights into what has and hasn’t worked well when adopting, adapting, and scaling Scrum. What I like best about the book is where Mike provides wisdom on several different alternatives and approaches and the circumstances in which each is most suitable.”
–Brad Appleton, Internal Agile Consultant at a Fortune 100 telecommunications company
“I believe Mike Cohn’s book will answer many questions and issues that people and teams struggle with in terms of how to improve collaboration, communication, quality, and team productivity. I especially appreciate and agree with Mike’s statement that ‘there can be no end state in a process that calls for continuous improvement.’ This is hard work and it requires persistence, teamwork, and good people. I plan to make Succeeding with Agile mandatory reading within my organization, just like we did with his book on Agile Estimating and Planning.”
–Scott Spencer, Vice President Engineering, First American CoreLogic, Inc.
“Mike Cohn has done it again. This comprehensive study of agile software development provides numerous techniques and methodologies to achieve success. I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who wants to start using agile or wants to improve their software development process.”
–Benoit Houle, Senior Development Manager, BioWare (a Division of Electronic Arts)
“There’s no doubt that Mike Cohn’s new book will become the reference on how to run software projects with Scrum. The book is very carefully crafted and avoids the trap of giving you the one, simple recipe to all your problems. Though mainly centered on Scrum, Mike draws on various other techniques to produce a handbook that is thorough and complete. This is not a hasty mash-up supported by just an act of faith or a single experience. The examples are credible and are a testimony of Mike’s vast personal experience of the topic.”
–Philippe Kruchten, Professor of Software Engineering at University of British Columbia
“This book is packed with useful advice on how your organization can become agile. It’s a practical handbook for coaches and change agents who face real-world challenges, such as scaling agile for distributed teams, and who seek to engage with the wider organization. I love the way that Mike Cohn brings the book to life with stories from situations he’s faced in the industry and follows up with data and insights from research. I learned something new from every chapter, and I bet you will too.”
–Rachel Davies, Coauthor of Agile Coaching
From the Back Cover
Proven, 100% Practical Guidance for Making Scrum and Agile Work in Any Organization
This is the definitive, realistic, actionable guide to starting fast with Scrum and agile–and then succeeding over the long haul. Leading agile consultant and practitioner Mike Cohn presents detailed recommendations, powerful tips, and real-world case studies drawn from his unparalleled experience helping hundreds of software organizations make Scrum and agile work.
Succeeding with Agile is for pragmatic software professionals who want real answers to the most difficult challenges they face in implementing Scrum. Cohn covers every facet of the transition: getting started, helping individuals transition to new roles, structuring teams, scaling up, working with a distributed team, and finally, implementing effective metrics and continuous improvement.
Throughout, Cohn presents “Things to Try Now” sections based on his most successful advice. Complementary “Objection” sections reproduce typical conversations with those resisting change and offer practical guidance for addressing their concerns. Coverage includes
- Practical ways to get started immediately–and “get good” fast
- Overcoming individual resistance to the changes Scrum requires
- Staffing Scrum projects and building effective teams
- Establishing “improvement communities” of people who are passionate about driving change
- Choosing which agile technical practices to use or experiment with
- Leading self-organizing teams
- Making the most of Scrum sprints, planning, and quality techniques
- Scaling Scrum to distributed, multiteam projects
- Using Scrum on projects with complex sequential processes or challenging compliance and governance requirements
- Understanding Scrum’s impact on HR, facilities, and project management
Whether you've completed a few sprints or multiple agile projects and whatever your role–manager, developer, coach, ScrumMaster, product owner, analyst, team lead, or project lead–this book will help you succeed with your very next project. Then, it will help you go much further: It will help you transform your entire development organization.
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When stating "broad coverage", I by no means indicate that this book is a brief description of the relevant subjects. On a contrary, it is more than 400 pages full of insights, details and suggestions on how to succeed with agile implementations in organizations of diverse sizes and cultures. Cohn has done a great job in compiling the essence from many sources and combine it with his own experiences and significant opinions into this masterpiece. There are other books that dig deeper on single subjects (like the up-coming books by Roman Pichler and Lyssa Adkins) which Cohn respectfully are suggesting as additional reading by the end of each chapter.
As Cohn states at the very beginning: "This is not a book for those who are completely new to Scrum or agile". I agree. If you are looking for an introduction to Scrum, you should turn to other sources like the official Scrum Guide or one of Ken Schwabers books, just as long as you remember to come back to this one after gaining experience on your own. This book is filled with descriptions and figures that help even well experienced and highly certified agile practitioners to get the clear picture!Read more ›
A good buy for those who want to learn more about a subject they already understand (don't get me wrong though, even if you're new to agile this is a very worthwhile book)
Its like one of those personal improvement seminars where you learn to "reach your goals" with wishful statements like "Success if not to be perused; it is to be attracted by the person you come" and where the true secrets lie in the next seminar / book.
If I paraphrase an actual example from the book. "Person X tried to implement scrum and it failed. He then paid for some coaching and read some books. A year later he wanted to try again but knew Scrum wouldnt go down well with the directors given its previous failure. So this time he said to them he was implementing an "agile" process (note the lower a, Agile is a brand, agile is just being "agile") and implemented scrum anyway -> everything worked much faster, smoother quicker and everyone was real happy"
Have been referring back to this again and again throughout the transition.
Well written and easy to digest.
This is not without its benefits, but I wanted a much plainer 'happy path' presented up front, and it never really came. The good stuff is scattered throughout the book, and it's quite hard to piece it together to get a coherent idea of how to do Scrum well. The 'try it', 'how long's a piece of string', 'it's different for everyone' approach got tired really quickly and made me wonder what I was paying this guy for. No-one's so foolish as to think theory works perfectly in practice, but it's always good to have one as a starting point.
I am a Product Owner who has seen massive improvements from adopting Scrum. I'm not polarised by the agile/sequential debate though, and still see benefit in waterfall. So I was dissappointed to get the distinct sense of 'waterfall bad, agile good' from this book.
'Agile Product Management' has much more the focus I was looking for, and I'm crying out for an overall agile book that is as concise.
In "Succeeding with Agile" you get to enjoy a collection of ideas and more importantly structure on how to truly embrace agile within any organization. It is very obvious that a large investment in time to research to explain key topics with regards to the implementation of Scrum has been undertaken. I also value the reference material at the end of each chapter to guide my learning to expand upon any topic that graps my attention.
This is an intermediate book and an understanding of the Scrum framework armed with some experiences and scars in trying to implement agile will make this book a valuable asset in your library.
Well done mike, great job.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Agile book. Well written and structured. Great book for beginners and intermediate level. Use it as a reference book now.Published 19 days ago by KC
Good buy. Highly recommended for whoever is interested in delving deeper into Agile practices.Published 11 months ago by JA
One of the easiest things to do in print is to praise a strategy or set of tactics used to perform difficult tasks. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Charles Ashbacher
This book can help you on the jorney when you want to introduce and implement scrum in your own organisation.Published on 10 Jun. 2014 by J K Sørensen
Page 77 now and still just a lot of waffle, there seems to be no definitive answer what Agile development is. Read morePublished on 24 May 2013 by Andrew Powell
This book is just what I wanted...
Written in a very fitting , in my opinion gets the point perfectly.
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