The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year / Edition 1

The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year / Edition 1

by Mitch Lacey
     
 

Thousands of IT professionals are being asked to make Scrum succeed in their organizations–including many who weren’t involved in the decision to adopt it. If you’re one of them, The Scrum Field Guide will give you skills and confidence to adopt Scrum more rapidly, more successfully, and with far less pain and fear. Long-time ScrumSee more details below

Overview

Thousands of IT professionals are being asked to make Scrum succeed in their organizations–including many who weren’t involved in the decision to adopt it. If you’re one of them, The Scrum Field Guide will give you skills and confidence to adopt Scrum more rapidly, more successfully, and with far less pain and fear. Long-time Scrum practitioner Mitch Lacey identifies major challenges associated with early-stage Scrum adoption, as well as deeper issues that emerge after companies have adopted Scrum, and describes how other organizations have overcome them. You’ll learn how to gain “quick wins” that build support, and then use the flexibility of Scrum to maximize value creation across the entire process.

In 30 brief, engaging chapters, Lacey guides you through everything from defining roles to setting priorities to determining team velocity, choosing a sprint length, and conducting customer reviews. Along the way, he explains why Scrum can seem counterintuitive, offers a solid grounding in the core agile concepts that make it work, and shows where it can (and shouldn’t) be modified. Coverage includes

  • Getting teams on board, and bringing new team members aboard after you’ve started
  • Creating a “definition of done” for the team and organization
  • Implementing the strong technical practices that are indispensable for agile success
  • Balancing predictability and adaptability in release planning
  • Keeping defects in check
  • Running productive daily standup meetings
  • Keeping people engaged with pair programming
  • Managing culture clashes on Scrum teams
  • Performing “emergency procedures” to get sprints back on track
  • Establishing a pace your team can truly sustain
  • Accurately costing projects, and measuring the value they deliver
  • Documenting Scrum projects effectively
  • Prioritizing and estimating large backlogs
  • Integrating outsourced and offshored components

Packed with real-world examples from Lacey’s own experience, this book is invaluable to everyone transitioning to agile: developers, architects, testers, managers, and project owners alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321554154
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
04/06/2012
Series:
Agile Software Development Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
578,757
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jim Highsmith

Foreword by Jeff Sutherland

Preface

Chapter 1: Scrum: Simple, Not Easy

Part I: Getting Prepared

Chapter 2: Getting People on Board

Chapter 3: Using Team Consultants to Optimize Team Performance

Chapter 4: Determining Team Velocity

Chapter 5: Implementing the Scrum Roles

Chapter 6: Determining Sprint Length

Chapter 7: How Do We Know When We Are Done?

Chapter 8: The Case for a Full-Time ScrumMaster

Part II: Survival Basics

Chapter 9: Why Engineering Practices Are Important in Scrum

Chapter 10: Core Hours

Chapter 11: Release Planning

Chapter 12: Decomposing Stories and Tasks

Chapter 13: Keeping Defects in Check

Chapter 14: Sustained Engineering and Scrum

Chapter 15: The Sprint Review

Chapter 16: Retrospectives

Part III: First Aid

Chapter 17: Running a Productive Daily Standup Meeting

Chapter 18: The Fourth Question in Scrum

Chapter 19: Keeping People Engaged with Pair Programming

Chapter 20: Adding New Team Members

Chapter 21: When Cultures Collide

Chapter 22: Sprint Emergency Procedures

Part IV: Advanced Survival Techniques

Chapter 23: Sustainable Pace

Chapter 24: Delivering Working Software

Chapter 25: Optimizing and Measuring Value

Chapter 26: Upfront Project Costing

Chapter 27: Documentation in Scrum Projects

Chapter 28: Outsourcing and Offshoring

Chapter 29: Prioritizing and Estimating Large Backlogs

Chapter 30: Writing Contracts

Appendix A: Scrum Framework

Index

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