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Agile Software Development with Scrum

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eXtreme Programming is an ideal many software shops would love to reach, but with the constant pressures to produce software quickly, they cannot actually implement it. The Agile software process allows a company to implement eXtreme Programming quickly and immediately-and to begin producing software incrementally in as little as 30 days! Implementing eXtreme Programming i ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published October 11th 2001 by Pearson (first published 2001)
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1. Introduction
2. Get Ready for Scrum!
3. Scrum Practices
4. Applying Scrum
5. Why Scrum?
6. Why Does Scrum Work?
7. Advanced Scrum Application…more
1. Introduction
2. Get Ready for Scrum!
3. Scrum Practices
4. Applying Scrum
5. Why Scrum?
6. Why Does Scrum Work?
7. Advanced Scrum Applications
8. Scrum And The Organization
9. Scrum Values

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G. Branden
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-work
Having been involved in attempts at Agile/Scrum in three companies now, I can say that the method--I refuse to call it a methodology as it is not the study of methods--has things to recommend it.

This book, however, is overlong and burdened with sales pitches. If one were to glean the wheat from the chaff, the page count might drop to 50 pages or fewer. Not one but two introductory chapters (following two forewords and a preface) stand in one's way before chapter 3, which is the first to get down
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brian by: Tom Killalea
(4.0) Overall nice and concise, fair bit of proselytizing though

As with many methodology books, there's plenty of "really, this works!" and "I saved so many projects that were in the toilet," so just try to skim through those (or omit entirely). The rest is pretty good. You should read chapters 2 (intro--quickly), 3 (how-to), 4 (how-to), 6 (why it works), 7 (multi-team projects) and 9 (core values of scrum).

The core elements to scrum:
* remove distractions and let team focus on demonstratable fea
Oct 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Can the authors be any more full of themselves?

When I went to such and such company "I" implemented this, "I" established that. I thought agile software development was about the team, not lauding individual accomplishments. An irony the authors seemed to have overlooked.

BTW, have you ever been to a company where agile development just plain failed? Just flat out sucked. I've worked at two companies in the last year where they brought in expensive consultants/analysts to help implement agile dev
William Cline
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ಠ_ಠ
Perhaps I shouldn't have read this while sick with the flu.

If you're working in an organization that already uses Scrum, or some flavor thereof, then chapters 3–5 offer some useful background. Had I been coming to this book cold, however, it would have been a real slog to learn from. The text is slathered in business jargon and mumbo-jumbo, like this example from page 12:

A fully integrated component design environment leads to rapid evolution of a software system with emergent, adaptive propert
Chad Young
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I think chunks of this book were excellent and extremely useful, while much of the rest was self-indulgent and repetitive. Coming from a marketing background to a career in technology, it was extremely useful to read chapters 3-5 and 9, but I could have easily skipped over the rest of the book. There are only so many times I can read the author explaining that a company had a bad process, he came in and introduced scrum, and then things worked. But I took some key learnings from those meaningful ...more
TruongSinh Tran-Nguyen
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ngoc Tram
Recommended to TruongSinh by: Jari Soini
Good, and potentially the "genesis" book on Scrum, written by one of the founding fathers (Ken), and reviewed by another (Jeff). This is the only book I have read so far views Scrum as the solution for chaos, lack-of-focus mostly seen in startups; other materials always describe Scrum vis-à-vis Waterfall in big inflexible corporates only.

It's enlightening to see where/why Scrum events (such as Daily Scrum), artifacts (such as product backlog), and roles (such as Scrum Master) come from, before t
Brian Rosenblat
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book on formal Scrum - nice refresher on the "how" and "why" behind Scrum methodology. Would be lying if I said I didn't skim some of it. After a few "case studies" around what's wrong with traditional waterfall methodologies, you get the point. I'm guessing these parts were more interesting when the book initially came out and the whole concept of Scrum was a bit more revolutionary. It's been 12 years since the publish date- which is a long time in technology. (For example, they strongly r ...more
Eric Lin
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comp-sci
Like most of the people I know who've read this book, I skimmed a good deal of it. It gives a lot of insight into why Scrum is such an attractive method of development (especially for startups), and explains the things that need to be cultivated to allow this process to succeed. In that sense, the book was pretty interesting. However, it wasn't very well written. It seemed like the two authors wrote slightly differently-worded versions of the same ideas, and since this was written in 2004 when v ...more
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book provides a great introduction to the Agile development process which is really Getting Things Done for business. It has changed the way I want to structure organizations around me and has amazing strategies. I highly recommend this book.
Zhexi (Bonnie)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought I worked in agile working environments for almost 10 years now, I should know enough. I do not and it is refreshing to revisit what scrum is.
First here are the languages and terminologies:

Scrum is a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building software that meets business needs.

Product backlog:
The product backlog is a prioritized list of all product requirements. Product backlog is never finalized. Only the Product owner can prioritize the
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sure, before you grapple with this seminal, little book you should have studied a more recent account of Scrum’s practices (those you find on and are brief, rigorous and updated), as the exposition here is mostly interesting for comparative, historical reasons. And, of course, Schwaber is a true believer in the method he nurtured, and -sometime- often he waxes lyrical about it.
Yet the lively anecdotes about how Scrum rules at first emerged tackling some real,
Ngoc Tram
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely one of the eye-opening book to read. The book might benefit from better structuring. After skimming, I decided the order that would work for me would be Chapter 6 - 1 - back to 7.
As an outsider I expected the authors to have more thorough literature review of alternative approach to Agile, before making a case for Agile. A few terms like "empirical method" are used extensively but I didn't not find proper definition of it (it could be that I was reading very fast) - but it was used i
Matthew Shinker
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle introduced empirical process control to modern software application development. Now there's close to 20 years of success and amazing stories about Agile/Scrum. It works, it's transformative, it scales really well and can be applied to almost any project, any platform.

I'd rate the book 5 out of 5 stars, but there were a few areas toward the back of the book where I was like WTF are they talking about. But overall this is an amazing book and one that all software deve
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gave-to-a-friend
Great book that helps you to believe the this can be done! The reader learns that others have felt their scrum pain and that there are ways to work through the anguish. The authors are quite experienced in the land of Agile and bring a candid perspective to making it work.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Great overview on Agile with interesting case studies with large environments. A great read for someone interested in Agile or who is looking to start using Agile in their careers.
Francisco Solano
A classic by one of the creators of Scrum. Read it to get the original ideas behind Scrum.
Aug 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: development
Putting together software is hard. This book outlines a method, called Scrum, of organizing the people involved in a software project. The authors argue that creating software is a process that operates in an incompletely defined environment: target markets change, old technologies are supplanted or redefined by the new, new target platforms arise, etc. Management by careful prediction based on initial conditions is thwarted by the nonlinear dynamics that permeate the development environment; or ...more
Amy Gilchrist Thorne
This isn't the best book out there about Agile or Scrum. (I'm not sure which book is the best, but it's definitely not this one.)

If you're interested less in how to apply Scrum and more in the authors' personal experiences in discovering Scrum and why they think it's a good idea, then this could be an okay book. If they had any experiences where Scrum didn't work spectacularly, though, those aren't included here.

It's particularly intriguing that in the Introduction chapter, when discussing intro
Colin Hoad
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: technology-books
This is a good introduction to Agile Scrum, provided you are already working in the software development business and are reasonably au fait with business terminology. I wouldn't recommend it to an industry outsider as a first glimpse of what Agile Scrum can do for them, because it would likely send them to sleep. However, as a working manual for someone using Agile Scrum, it's perfectly adequate.

I have to concur with other reviewers, however, in regards to the poor publishing quality of the boo
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the book that changed my career. It was as close to a religious revelation as I have ever had. Up until I read this book I had struggled to deconstruct Waterfall and a number of other serial methodologies in order to overcome their egregious shortcomings. This book clarified and codified so much of my thinking and experience up to that point is was like it was written just for me.

I had my copy of this book signed by Ken Schwaber when I heard him speak at a local development conference.
SCRUM is a process I had heard a lot about but I hadn't ever really learned about. I'm glad I did learn about it, how it works and how it came about.

The main idea is to enable development teams to focus on development without distractions or interruptions from management or anywhere else.

The most helpful part was the section on empirical process control and how such an approach is the only way to deal with creative development. The defined process approach can never work; despite what they may
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
I suppose it is one of the first books about Scrum and mandatory for anyone doing Scrum. Especially since the author Ken Schwaber is one of the most prominent figures up there in the Scrum Olymp.
Personally I think that regarding info and writing there are better books. He does explains the ideas, values and principles of Scrum and gives examples. But still, I much preferred reading "Scrum from the Trenches" fror example or any of the books by Mike Cohn.
I'll also try out Boris Gloger Scrum handbo
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading this after several years of agile software development projects of varying complexity. It was good to get a refresher on the key areas of Scrum and some of the not-so-obvious reasons why they cannot be ignored. Schwaber gives several real life examples that illustrate both the problems that many companies face and the benefits of Scrum. He includes many suggestions for handling large multi-team projects with Scrum.
Piotr Wegert
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although some practices and Scrum itself evolved a lot since this book was published in 2001 it's still an incredible read. It gives you a glimpse into the early days and explains how Scrum is founded on empirical process control model and why it works. The last chapter discusses Scrum Values a concept that made it's way to the Scrum Guide in 2016.

Don't get discouraged by the negative reviews - it's not a book on HOW to do Scrum (in 2016+) but WHY.
Jeff Stautz
Oct 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
Bloated with useless acronyms, unnecessary graphs, and cumbersome sentences. Poorly organized and poorly written. Where the hell was the editor?

Scrum's a useful software development methodology, but it's not well presented here.
Matt Jones
Aug 06, 2009 rated it liked it
A quick read, Agile Software Development with SCRUM provides a practical introduction to the methodology, emphasizing the value delivered by the ideology while explaining scrum process mechanics. This is the first book I give to folks I'm bringing into the process. ...more
Sami Poimala
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that changed my whole attitude to software development. The ideas were similar to my own thinking, but it was pleasing to find all the ideas summed up and put into a working framework.
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes, the initial book on Scrum so it's 5/5 for the thinking, the ideas, the change it started. The book itself, is not an easy read, is not very consistent and some of the thinking have now moved on, better to read software in 30 days these days methinks. ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: technical_docs
Excellent book for understanding scrum - learn where it came from, learn how the author and others have used it to solve their management problems and get the basics of scrum from the guys that started it.
Daniel Halliday
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Not a bad place to start when learning about scrum, though not too practical for all types of projects. You will be better off learning from one of the more modern books, then going for this to get some fundamentals and see where scrum comes from.
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