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Scrum and XP from the Trenches

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,526 ratings  ·  109 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, 2nd edition, 184 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kristoffer Dominic Amora
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 intr
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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 w
good book if you are interested in agile project management
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 e
Costin Manda
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 enviro
Tathagat Varma
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
Romans Karpelcevs
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"
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.
Thomas Clausen
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
down to earth stuff how to handle your scrum
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vatroslav Mileusnić
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very useful for someone who already knows a thing or two about Scrum and is looking to implement it in their place of work.
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.
Murray Cumming
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech
This seems like a pretty good introduction or refresher. It's short and practical.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely useful, but after "Scrum: A Revolutionary Approach...". There are many real cases and examples.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books on Scrum practices. Very concise and full of practical advice.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A small book with a lot of examples from the real world - this is what I really appreciate, how the theory meets the practice
Ilyes Hachani
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short and densely packed with real world examples that makes it easy to relate to what the author says.
Dave Weber
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great guide on how to run scrum
Peter Vozhdai
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good for those who are new to Scrum. Provided personal success story.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you really want to know about the real and practical experience instead of just reading theory, definitely you have to read this book.
Jackson Nguyen
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well-written book for those who are new or struggling to adapt their product development process to Scrum framework. Henrik did a great job for providing clear, concise, working examples of Scrum practices within his organisation. There's no theory here: only the problems you may face practicing Scrum, how his team get around those with different techniques, and his conclusion what work and why. Well-done!
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: agile
When I started reading the book I had little knowledge and had virtually no experience in Scrum, at that time (several years ago) I read the first edition and found it a very easy to read and very educational book.

Reading this second edition has made me see that in the time I read it, it was easy to say: Great! How simple! or What a good idea! Just as I've been reading the book this time, I thought, did I really think this was a great way of doing things? And just then I saw one of t
Youssef Ragab
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the briefest and most widely read books on Agile software development ... and it is available in pdf for free at InfoQ! Unlike other popular Agile Software Development books, this one hardly spends any time dwelling on theory. It is practical experience all the way ... it actually reads like a SCRUM master's diary. Henrik doesn't tell you how to do Agile, rather he tells how he did it. In my opinion, the most valuable asset about this book is that it shows how can one tune the kno ...more
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The single most helpful introduction to Scrum that I know of. Many other introductory books explain the theory in detail, but then leave you scratching your head because they don't give you a specific end-to-end example of how to implement it. This book describes the exact steps and processes that the author's team tried, using plain language. The result is a recipe that you can follow in order to get the hang of Scrum and figure out if it'll be a fit for your organization.

The book i
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great straight forward book detailing how the author does agile. He doesn't propose that this is the best way, but simply that this is the way that works.

His topics are broken down into very useful subject areas and could easily serve as a quick reference guide for those who are practicing agile.

Specifically the chapters on Testing and Multiple Scrum teams are the most articulate summaries of approaches that work I have come across.

As a bonus for busy professi
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