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SCRUM IN ACTION: AGILE SOFTWARE PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT is a practical how-to guide for software project teams on how to successfully deploy an Agile software framework with Scrum. It is clearly and concisely written and is the first practical guide with real world situations written by corporate practitioners. This book describes many good project management techniques on how to get the most from project teams and bridges the gaps between many Scrum and project management books by addressing how to communicate with executives using financial terms, how to use an objective estimation technique, and where software architecture fits into Scrum.
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"Andrew Pham's book is an answer to the prayers of newbies to Agile/Scrum. Right from assessment techniques for your project/enterprise for agility, to guidance on implementing it - he has included, not only theoretical aspect, but also human and practical aspects. Simply put, for all the impediments he/his team faced over years he has put together a learning guide and answered for us most of the questions which we might face to start with agile transformation. A great tool for any team trying to explore the agile path!" - Sameer Bendre, Certified ScrumMaster, PMP, 3i Infotech Consulting

"I have known Andrew Pham for many years and always enjoyed learning something new from him, starting from the time I was still working under his direction at AT&T (formerly known as SBC). Andrew Pham was particularly clear then in explaining Agile and Architecture Vision to us, something he has done again with this book. For a technical book, this is a very interesting book with new ideas to look at project management or software development process in general. Very well written and a must read for those that must improve on current way of doing things and a good reference book for all in IT." - Ben Oguntona, MBA, Senior Systems Manager, AT &T

"Andrew Pham takes a different look at Scrum in this book and helps shed light on many of the questions project teams face when beginning to adopt Scrum. Andrew describes many good project management techniques on how to get the most from your project teams. Andrew also bridges the gaps between many Scrum and project management books by addressing how to communicate with executives using financial terms, how to use an objective estimation technique in lieu of the common "poker estimation", and where software architecture fits into Scrum. A good, quick read to prepare project managers on how to successfully implement Scrum." - Scott Booth, MCP, Manager Pariveda Solutions, Dallas, Texas

"The book was a concise presentation of the steps and concepts that an organization should be aware of when adopting Scrum. The company I work for is currently in our 3rd sprint of our very first Scrum project. I can't wait for the final version of this book to be released so that I can share it with the rest of my team. In many ways it was good confirmation that we are on the right track and it was a great reminder of the things that we still need to work on. The chapter on what makes a good Product Owner described almost exactly the person who is filling that role in our company. I haven't had the chance to complete the Certified Scrum Master training yet, so reading about how the Scrum Master and Product Owner work together to manage the team provided some key insight for me." - Dennis Palmer, Product Manager/Scrum Master, Esquire Innovations, Inc.

"Andrew Pham's book is a very concise reference for Agile and Scrum and is written more on a practical term than just academics. It is an easy read for the novice and advance project managers alike. The language of the book lends itself to showing the fact that the Agile and Scrum are absolutely a more natural way of looking at project management. As Andrew Pham and I had successfully led the first successful Peoplesoft package implementation at Computer City many years ago, I can recognize in this book many Scrum elements he was using then. Essentially, they were to build a good and frequent collaboration with the users, to empower the team while ensuring that they deliver on short demonstrable increments. The book definitely puts this natural progression in a more formal framework while highlighting the building flexibilities in the process. As a Senior Software Specialist having worked on small and large projects, I feel that this book is a great asset to the projects managers regardless of the size and extent of the projects." - Anwar Bardai, Senior Software Specialist, Compucom, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435459137
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 959,797
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Pham is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), a Certified Product Owner (CSPO), and a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). In addition to this, he is also a PMP (Project Management Professional), a longtime Architect for Java Technologies certified by Sun Microsystems, and an early OOAD (Object-Oriented Analysis and Design) UML professional certified by IBM. An elect-senior member with IEEE and member of the PMI, Andrew Pham has held top positions in project management, enterprise architecture, and software development in start-up, mid-sized and multi-billion-dollar corporations. An experienced Agile and Lean coach, Andrew has helped numerous companies successfully use Agile (Scrum) and Lean (kanban) on real-world projects as well as taught development teams both in the USA and abroad. An entrepreneur at heart, Andrew Pham is also President of Agile Enterprise Consulting, LLC, a consulting, training, and software development company.

Phuong-Van Pham is currently project manager in a multi-billion-dollar company. Phuong-Van is also a PMP (Project Management Professional), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), a Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP), and a Certified Project Manager for Technology (Project+) by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). In addition to her responsibility at work, she is also an active member with the Association of University Women (AUA), the Project Management Institute (PMI), the PMI New York Chapter, the New York Scrum User Group, the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), and the Women in Project Management Special Interest Group (SIG).

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Table of Contents

What Is This Book About? Who Should Read This Book? 1. It Is All About Agile and Scrum - Setting The Stage. 2. Finance Speak. 3. Secure Top Management Support but Make Sure to Obtain Middle Management Buy-in. 4. A Visual Requirements Gathering for the Product Backlog. 5. Making the Story Point Estimate Comparable for Scrum Enterprise-Wide Implementation. 6. The Influence of Architecture Vision on Team Velocity and Software Quality (*). 7. From Architecture Vision to Release and Sprints Planning to Parallel Software Development (*). 8. Did You Say Product Owner? 9. The Importance of Automated, Regression and Integration Tests. 10. The Importance of Teamwork. 11. The New Nature of Management and Leadership On a Scrum Project. 12. How to Adapt Scrum (Without Destroying Its Agile Foundations or Doing Negative ScrumButs)? 13. Scrum Project Readiness Self-Assessment. 14. When Do You or Would Need a ScrumMaster? 15. Parting Thoughts. Appendix A: Two Real World Software Product Development Case Studies. Appendix B: Could you or should you have an Abnormal Termination of a Sprint? Glossary. References. Index.
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