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Scrum and XP from the Trenches

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,771 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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 Lulu.com (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
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
Jun 13, 2017 added it
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. ...more
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: non-fiction, tech
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 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very nice book for Scrum novices. It goes beyond the Scrum guidelines, and covers a lot of specific real world questions and has answered most of my questions including part time workers, scrum of scrums, chief scrum leader, etc. I would highly recommend it to people who are new to Scrum.
The book also recommends other great books which helps me to know what to read next.

Downside: the author chose to comment instead of directly updating the book for the 2nd edition. I would have preferred if he
Philip David Beresford
Dec 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Yaaaaassssss! A concise book that describes the key aspects of scrum and XP. The examples feel authentic and are easily relatable. Being mostly familiar with the subject, I was able to read the book fairly quickly and skip through each chapter as items on my mental check-list were ticked off. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and would recommend that all early career software engineers should buy, read and reference it as they move into the 'engineering' aspects of writing code.
This book is my goto!
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.
Israel Pérez de Tudela
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, management
A very useful book to know how Scrum and XP is applied in a successful team. The author is a talented scrum master that has faced different situations similar to the ones that I have suffered by my own. I've reached different solutions but I have to agree with him in the way that his team works.

Very good book for any Scrum lover (with the unique exception to use man-day or any time measure to explain/apply StoryPoints)
Dénes Török
Jan 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: professional
The book is well-structured and easy to read, gives very practical tips and ideas how to use Scrum. On the other hand, I was surprised when I was reading about focus factor and continuously changing setup of teams. To be fair, in the second edition Henrik uses strong self-criticism on those parts, I enjoyed how he looked back on it.

I really liked Henrik’s other book, the Lean from the Trenches - probably because of that I started this book with really high expectations. 3 star on 1st edition, 4
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. ...more
Reread as part of professional scrum developer learning path. Very easy reading, presenting opinion without over verbose stories to try to validate the opinion without becoming too dry and unreadable. As with all hard (impossible?) to proof subjects I’d rather have this style of writing than the more prosaic style of some books that try to validate their opinion that way.
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. ...more
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. ...more
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
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