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Hard Work, but helpful
on 22 March 2012
I found this book oscilated from Agile hard sell to being a compendium of everything that might go wrong in an agile implementation.
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.