Agile Project Management with Scrum

( 21 )

Overview

The rules and practices for Scrum—a simple process for managing complex projects—are few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itself—its lack of prescription—can be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results. In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessons—the successes and failures—culled from his years of experience ...

See more details below
Paperback
$23.12
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$39.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (37) from $5.43   
  • New (16) from $21.39   
  • Used (21) from $5.43   
Agile Project Management with Scrum

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$17.99
BN.com price
(Save 43%)$31.99 List Price

Overview

The rules and practices for Scrum—a simple process for managing complex projects—are few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itself—its lack of prescription—can be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results. In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessons—the successes and failures—culled from his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management. Through them, you’ll understand how to use Scrum to solve complex problems and drive better results—delivering more valuable software faster.

Gain the foundation in Scrum theory—and practice—you need to:

  • Rein in even the most complex, unwieldy projects
  • Effectively manage unknown or changing product requirements
  • Simplify the chain of command with self-managing development teams
  • Receive clearer specifications—and feedback—from customers
  • Greatly reduce project planning time and required tools
  • Build—and release—products in 30-day cycles so clients get deliverables earlier
  • Avoid missteps by regularly inspecting, reporting on, and fine-tuning projects
  • Support multiple teams working on a large-scale project from many geographic locations
  • Maximize return on investment!
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735619937
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2004
  • Series: Microsoft Professional Books Series
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 212,329
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A 30-year veteran of the software development industry, Ken Schwaber is a leader of the agile process revolution and one of the developers of the Scrum process. A signatory of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, he subsequently founded the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance. Ken authored Agile Project Management with Scrum and coauthored Agile Software Development with Scrum and has helped train more than 47,000 certified ScrumMasters.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword

Foreword: Why Scrum Works

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: Backdrop: The Science of Scrum

Chapter 2: New Management Responsibilities

Chapter 3: The ScrumMaster

Chapter 4: Bringing Order from Chaos

Chapter 5: The Product Owner

Chapter 6: Planning a Scrum Project

Chapter 7: Project Reporting—Keeping Everything Visible

Chapter 8: The Team

Chapter 9: Scaling Projects Using Scrum

Appendix A: Rules

Appendix B: Definitions

Appendix C: Resources

Appendix D: Fixed-Price, Fixed-Date Contracts

Appendix E: Capability Maturity Model (CMM)

Appendix : Ken Schwaber

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
( 21 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(6)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(9)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 21 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    Good (physical) book, but NookBook won't work

    I have referenced this book for a long time. We have a shared copy in the office. Great book, really. However, as others have mentioned, this sample refuses to open on my Nook Color. I actually deleted the file from my library and re-downloaded the sample. Same issue. I also installed the PC Nook Reader application, and it shows up as blank. I really would love to get a Nook Book of this title, but I'm afraid to purchase it, have it fail, and wait for a refund. Actually called BN Nook Color support, and they were generally clueless about it, saying I need to reset my NC to factory defaults, etc. When they finally understood it was the book sample, not my device, they said they will have to investigate the title, but couldn't tell me if the full book will work or not. Question to other reviewers: Can anyone pleaes verify if the full title will work on the Nook Color?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 7, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent book

    Agile Project Management with Scrum describes the process of managing a Scrum software development project. It uses a mixture of definitions and case studies to educate a would-be Scrum manager (aka ScrumMasterTM) on Scrum, the major players in a Scrum project and the ScrumMaster's role. Both success and failure case studies are provided.

    One of the key concepts defined in the book is empirical process control This is used as the foundation of the justification for the Scrum process. His claim is that in the "real world" of software development most projects that build or improve a product are breaking new ground and cannot use defined process control, as might be used in truly repetitive projects. Empirical process control relies on recently observed data to affect the project and change its execution. The iterative nature of Scrum, like other agile processes, allows for adjustments to the process ad scope every cycle (30 days) allowing it to adapt to the current situation (based on empirical data). Strict configuration control is maintained in each cycle.

    The book presumes very little knowledge of Scrum and agile processes; although the later is beneficial in understanding the bigger picture of agile and how Scrum fits in. The book is applicable to software development. The appendix supplies a variety of background data that might be needed by the novice. It is relatively short and easy to read.

    A complete synopsis of this book can be found at: http://ecaminc.com/Books/APMWithScrum.html

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Works on Nook Color!

    Everyone knows it's a great book, but the good news is that it works on the Nook Color, even though the sample doesn't.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 8, 2012

    Well worth it

    This is a good book to have in your organization's library. Schwaber gives practical information for how Scrum works and how to apply it in different situations. The case studies make for good examples and show how agile is not a cookie cutter solution but one that is flexible within any organization.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Does not work

    Sample will not open on nook color. Will not risk buying book with same result. Too bad.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 23, 2011

    sample wont open

    on nook color

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 4, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Sample does not work on Nook Color

    No idea what format this book is in but the sample would not open on my Nook Color. Gave an error. Glad I didnt try to buy the full book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 23, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Get the complete picture

    Is a good book to start with especially if you've never managed a Scrum project. It also serves as a good reference guide. Scrum projects are especially challenging as many of the canonical PMI/PMP methodologies and concepts are not very useful. Helps you unlearn what you have learnt because what you know is only what you think you know.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2006

    poor organization

    The books could be half shorter if it does not keep repeating after itself. Graphical presentation is poor, not meaningful, and confusing. This is not to say Scrum is not a good methodology, but you'll waste too much time trying to grasp the concept of scrum from this book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Excellent book! Learn Scrum by reading stories of its use

    Agile Project Management with Scrum is a wonderful book. The author, Ken Schwaber (one of the originators of the Scrum process), informs us through case studies and anecdotes. If you like learning by example, this book is for you. Scrum is quite likely the best starting point for most companies interested in pursuing an agile development process. The readability and excellent anecdotes in this book make it a fantastic starting point for any journey into agile development. I loved seeing how Schwaber applied Scrum in many varying situations. Rather than introducing each case study one at a time, the book is organized around key areas. Multiple anecdotes are given for each key area. Throughout each chapter, Schwaber brings the anecdotes together in Lessons Learned sections and the chapters conclude by helping point out the conclusions we learn to draw from the anecdotes. I appreciated that Schwaber was not shy about mentioning projects that didn¿t go perfectly¿including one he got fired from for being too zealous in his role of sheepdog guarding his flock of developers. Although this book is ostensibly about software development, Scrum has its roots in general new product development and can (and has been) applied to a wide variety of development projects. A problem with a process like Scrum is that it is best learned by ¿feeling it¿ rather than being told about it. There are many subtle differences between Scrum and a more command-and-control management process. Learning Scrum by reading a book filled with examples like this is the best way to get the feel for how to use it on your own projects.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 21 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)