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Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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This book aims to give you a head start by providing a detailed down-to-earth account of how one Swedish company implemented Scrum and XP with a team of approximately 40 people and how they continuously improved their process over a year's time. Under the leadership of Henrik Kniberg they experimented with different team sizes, different sprint lengths, different ways of d ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published October 5th 2007 by (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kristoffer Dominic Amora
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Scrum and XP from the Trenches was written as the author's testament that Scrum worked for his software development team. Here, Henrik Kniberg shares his actual war stories and shows us why Scrum is beneficial for the company and their clients.

While there are several books about Agile software development and Scrum, explaining philosophies, theories, and all about the conceptual framework, this book went down to the details on how to actually do it. The book begins with a little introduction and
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Back in 2007 Henrik Kniberg wrote Scrum and XP from the Trenches in a single weekend while feeling sick. Not that Scrum and XP practices caught him off-guard, but merely as time found at last to write down first-hand experiences. The book went viral, and Henrik Kniberg went on, consulting and coaching development teams at several companies. In 2015 it was time to revisit the first edition and update with newfound insights. Scrum and XP from the Trenches - 2nd Edition speaks of amazement how thin ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
There's one important lesson in this book: That our understanding of agile evolves as we practice it, because Kniberg annotates the second edition by emphasising some points and correcting quite a lot of others. The transparency and willingness to admit mistakes and point out both changed opinions and to other authors that developed better methods in the meantime was refreshing.

The short book is written as an experience report, and probably can be useful for people who never worked with an agile
Javier Quintana
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a must read for every scrum novice or mid level practitioner, which will help avoid common mistakes and give advices about the best approach to do Scrum in a daily basis since the Scrum guide is quite short and theoretical.

About the XP chapter, it's a brief poor summary of the methodology and maybe the title of the book makes you think different.

Last, clearly the author is not a professional writer and the way he writes and the vocabulary shouldn't be the reason to rate this book. I
good book if you are interested in agile project management
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: professional
That feeling when you already practice Scrum exactly the way described in this book. Overall, it's a great real life manual on how to implement Scrum on the project.
Antonio Silva
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an easy to read book, full of examples that everyone can use on their own practice.
The book is written in a very direct format, almost like a dialog. We can feel the wins, the joy and sometimes the frustration of the author.
Most of the examples are described with great detail, however, in some cases, the author skips some steps and does not share the rationale behind the decisions made.

I will take some very interesting ideas from this book, and as an example: "Slack time between sprints"
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
First of all: I like the style of writing. Very informal speech, feels like he's really talking to you, which in turn makes it easy + fun to read and understandable.

Secondly: The content (Henriks experience on Scrum plus tricks and recommendations how to do it) is valuable to me right now and probably anybody who is in the early (or even middle) stages of doing Scrum. But it should be read after already having some basic knowledge of Scrum and maybe even after having some practical experience wi
Costin Manda
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Wow! This book is a must read. Not only because it is short, well written and freely available online, but because it does what very few books manage to do lately: actually showing you how to practically apply the knowledge and the consequences of that. Basically, it's like a technical book with a story.

As the title suggests, Scrum and XP from the Trenches is a book about software management, moving step by step through all the requirements of the management process in a Scrum environment and sh
Udaykiran Joshi
Simple. Practical. Quick read! I'm a seasoned Agile / Scrum practitioner. So initially I felt it very basic and a bit outdated and thought may not add real value to me. However Henrik's writing style (especially those comments he added in the second edition of the book) engaged me through out and things got interesting and insightful gradually. I could really finish the entire book in one - go! (it's rather a paper, which author wrote it just over the weekend it seems.)

I liked the specific exam
Andreas Sekeris
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I keep asking for real-world applications of scrum to be able to learn from. This book provides it, communicates it in simple easy-to-read language. It reads like someone talking to you over coffee about their experiences with scrum and why they picked certain options and followed them.

I immediately lifted a couple practices from the book. One was setting sprint-goals, I hadn't wanted to do it as my team has so many projects and services to work on. Doing it though revealed the complexities of t
Tathagat Varma
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Reading old books opens up an interesting window in time about the values and practices in the past. It allows us to understand the timeless values more deeply, as well as explore opportunities for improvement in line with the recent advances in tech, etc.

While Scrum and XP are over two decades old, a lot of teams still struggle with the basics. For those teams, this is a great book. On the other hand, for seasoned teams, this book is perhaps too elementary and not worth the time. In any case, i
Romans Karpelcevs
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech, non-fiction
This book would be a valuable read to anyone doing or considering doing Scrum. It isn't anything mind blowing or jaw dropping, but it also shouldn't be. This is a story of how Scrum can be adjusted and adopted. A source for thoughts and inspirations for your own version of Scrum and organising software development.

This is one of those books which anyone could have written, but no one else has, at least not so concise, clear and useful. For some reason, I enjoyed "Lean from Trenches" more, but th
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is short but full of great examples on how Henrik best implemented scrum on his teams. It's not a "you should do this cause it's what works" kind of book but rather a "if you also have this problem then you can attempt to do the same we did and maybe you'll be successful too".

I could identify many of these situations with some I lived myself while working for many different companies that say to do agile development, particularly scrum. I only wish I had the opportunity to at least try
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shorts
Almost everything in this book will read as "obvious" in 2020. You probably have experienced all the best practices this book has to offer. However, back in the past, these practices weren't that obvious. A good read for anyone starting a career in programming. It will help you understand why people spend time on meta-activities instead of dedicating all the time to programming.

Some advice in this book, like how to use branches in git, is definitely outdated.
Mariano Sinatra
Easy reading book. You must get the second edition (the directors' cut), since it has plenty annotations from the author challenging some of his own ideas and validating others on experience basis. The book is all about showing how his teams implemented Scrum and XP (mainly scrum), giving advices and in between teaching some concepts for the rookies.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
War stories! Once you have the grasp of a methodology... you need some war stories to secure your knowledge. This is the book. Tips and tricks coming from real experience to help you to understand the theory of Scrum Framework.
Thomas Clausen
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m a fan of Henrik Kniberg’s practical and no nonsense approach. I found the Director’s Cut notes to be very informational and entertaining, but I wish that he had taken the time to write the ‘focus factor’ out of this second edition.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely useful, but after "Scrum: A Revolutionary Approach...". There are many real cases and examples.
Vatroslav Mileusnić
Very useful for someone who already knows a thing or two about Scrum and is looking to implement it in their place of work.
Murray Cumming
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech
This seems like a pretty good introduction or refresher. It's short and practical.
Dave Weber
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great guide on how to run scrum
Julia Letsko
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice scrum manual. This book doesn’t leave you with theory on your own, it supplies you with apprehensible examples of scrum implementation in real projects. No superfluous information or details, only thoughtful tips and extremely clear structure.
Ilyes Hachani
This is a good book to get some practical insight about Scrum and XP. The book covers more of Scrum than it does XP. I think this book is great for managers, scrum masters and software developers.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you really want to know about the real and practical experience instead of just reading theory, definitely you have to read this book.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A small book with a lot of examples from the real world - this is what I really appreciate, how the theory meets the practice
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
down to earth stuff how to handle your scrum
Peter Vozhdai
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: management
Good for those who are new to Scrum. Provided personal success story.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on Scrum practices. Very concise and full of practical advice.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book. Short but with quite several useful advices. Do check the second edition, in which the author adds inline comments reviewing some v1 ideas.
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