- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (19 September 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137043295
- ISBN-13: 978-0137043293
- Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 3 x 23.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 803 g
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“Agile coaches, you’re gonna be happy with this book. Kenny Rubin has created an indispensable resource for us. Do you have a manager that just doesn’t ‘get it’? Hand them this book and ask them to flip to Chapter 3 for a complete explanation of how Scrum is less risky than plan-driven management. It’s written just for them–in management-speak. Want to help the team come to a common understanding of Scrum? The visual icon language used throughout this book will help you help them. These are just two ways this book can aid you to coach Scrum teams. Use it well.”
–Lyssa Adkins, Coach of Agile Coaches, Agile Coaching Institute; author, Coaching Agile Teams
“One of the best, most comprehensive descriptions of the core Scrum framework out there! Essential Scrum is for anyone–new to or experienced with Scrum–who’s interested in the most important aspects of the process. Kenny does an excellent job of distilling the key tenets of the Scrum framework into a simple format with compelling visuals. As a Scrum coach for many teams, I continually reference the material for new ways to help teams that are learning and practicing the framework. I’ve seen Scrum continually misinterpreted and poorly implemented by big companies and tool vendors for more than ten years. Reading this book will help you get back to the basics and focus on what’s important.”
–Joe Balistrieri, Process Development Manager, Rockwell Automation
“Corporate IT leadership, which has been slow to embrace agile methods, would benefit immensely from giving a copy of this book to all of their project and delivery managers. Kenny Rubin has laid out in this book all the pragmatic business case and process materials needed for any corporate IT shop to successfully implement Scrum.”
–John F. Bauer III, veteran of technical solution delivery in large corporate IT shops
“Kenny’s extensive experience as a consultant, trainer, and past managing director of the Scrum Alliance is evident in this book. Along with providing the basics and introduction to Scrum, this book addresses the questions of masses–what happens to project managers? Essential Scrum helps us understand the big picture and guides how organization leaders can support and be involved with their Scrum teams for successful agile transformations.”
–Sameer S. Bendre CSM, PMP, Senior Consultant, 3i Infotech Inc.
“If you’re new to agile development or to Scrum, this book will give you a flying start. The examples and descriptions are clear and vivid, and you’ll often find yourself asking a question just before the book addresses that very topic.”
–Johannes Brodwall, Principal Solution Architect, Steria Norway
“Kenny’s well-structured explanations have a clarity to them that echoes the sensibilities of Smalltalk–the development environment with which he worked for years and from which both Scrum and Extreme Programming were born. This book pulls together a thorough set of agile management principles that really hit the mark and will no doubt guide you toward a more effective agile approach.”
–Rowan Bunning, Founder, Scrum WithStyle
“There are lots of books on Scrum these days, but this book takes a new angle, a reality check for software practitioners. Kenny uses real-world examples and clear illustrations to show what makes a solid foundation for successful agile development. Readers will understand the value of building quality in, and the reality that we can’t get everything right up front; we must work incrementally and learn as we go. It might have ‘Scrum’ in the title, but the book leverages effective practices from the larger agile universe to help managers and their teams succeed.”
–Lisa Crispin, coauthor, Agile Testing
“Kenny Rubin managed to write the book that I want everyone associated with Scrum development to read! He covers everything you’ll need to know about Scrum and more!”
–Martine Devos, European Scrum Pioneer and Certified Scrum Trainer
“I’ve reviewed a number of agile books in the past few years, so the question of ‘Do we really need another one?’ always comes to my mind. In the case of Kenny’s book, I very much believe the answer is ‘yes.’ Getting the benefit of different, experienced perspectives on commonly encountered and needed material is valuable. Kenny has one of those valuable perspectives. One unique aspect of the book is an interesting ‘iconography’–a new icon language for Scrum and agile that Kenny has created. I believe you’ll find value-added material in this book to expand your ideas for how Scrum can be applied.”
–Scott Duncan, Agile/Scrum coach and trainer
“Anyone who has had Scrum training or has been part of a Scrum team will find Essential Scrum to be a great follow-up read. It dives into the details of how to become more agile through implementing Scrum processes, and it explains exactly how to break down complex projects into manageable initiatives (or ‘sprints’). Kenny Rubin provides a wealth of relevant case studies on what worked–or what didn’t–in a variety of organizations. The simple layout and businesslike graphics make it easy to scan quickly and find specific topics. Any organization that is seeking to evolve from a traditional waterfall approach toward a more agile methodology will find Essential Scrum a definitive guidebook for the journey.”
–Julia Frazier, product manager
“Developing software is hard. Adopting a new way of working while in a project is even harder. This book offers a bypass of many of the pitfalls and will accelerate a team’s ability to produce business value and become successful with Scrum. I wish I had this kind of book when I started using Scrum.”
–Geir Hedemark, Development Manager, Basefarm AS
“I am convinced that Essential Scrum will become the foundation reference for the next generation of Scrum practitioners. Not only is it the most comprehensive introduction to Scrum in publication today, but it is also extremely well written and easy on the eye with its fantastic new visual Scrum language. If that isn’t enough, Kenny shares a range of his valuable personal insights and experiences that we can all certainly learn from.”
–Ilan Goldstein, Agile Solutions Manager, Reed Elsevier
“Scrum is elegantly simple, yet deceptively complex. In Essential Scrum, Kenny Rubin provides us with a step-by-step guide to those complexities while retaining the essential simplicity. Real-world experiences coupled with enlightening illustrations make Scrum come to life. For senior managers and team members alike, this is a must-read book if you are starting or considering whether to implement Scrum in your organization. This will certainly be a book recommended to my students.”
–John Hebley, Hebley & Associates
“Kenny unpacks a wealth of wisdom and knowledge in Essential Scrum, providing valuable and comprehensive insights to the practical application of agile/Scrum. Whether you’re new to agile or are looking to reach a greater maturity of continuous improvement in your organization, this is a definitive handbook for your toolbox.”
–David Luzquiños, Head of Agile Enablement, Agile Coach, Betfair
“Kenny Rubin continues to provide clarity and insight into adopting agile in a pragmatic way. In one hand he holds the formal or ideal Scrum definition and in the other, the pragmatic application of it. He brings the wisdom of his workshops and years of experience to the table, and now for you to read in his latest book. If you are about to start out on your agile adoption journey or are seeking guidance midcourse, grab a copy.”
–Cuan Mulligan, freelance coactive Agile coach
“A decade after publication of the first Scrum books, it is time to combine the essential aspects of the Scrum framework with the practical experiences and approaches of the last ten years. Kenny Rubin does so in a satisfying and nondogmatic way. The reader gets a pragmatic look at Scrum and learns when and how to best apply Scrum to achieve business benefits.”
–Yves Stalgies, PhD, Director IT, www.etracker.com
“Adoption of Scrum is most successful when everyone involved–even peripherally–with product development has a good understanding of the fundamentals. Essential Scrum provides an ideal overview of both the big picture and the details in an accessible style. It is sure to become a standard reference.”
–Kevin Tureski, Principal, Kevin Tureski Consulting
About the Author
Kenneth S. Rubin provides Scrum and Agile training and coaching to help companies develop products more effectively and economically. A Certified Scrum Trainer, he has trained more than eighteen thousand people on Agile and Scrum, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached hundreds of companies, ranging from startups to the Fortune 10. Rubin was the first Managing Director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on successful Scrum adoption. His diverse development roles have included successful stints as Scrum product owner, ScrumMaster, and developer. Rubin’s executive management roles have included CEO, COO, VP of Engineering, VP of Product Management, and VP of Professional Services. He is the author of Succeeding with Objects (Addison-Wesley, 1995).
From the Publisher
|A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process||Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond||The Fast, Focused, Practical Guide to Excellence with Scrum||Real World Lessons in Scrum||Proven, 100% Practical Guidance for Making Scrum and Agile Work in Any Organization|
|Title||Essential Srum||The Scrum Field Guide||The Great ScrumMaster||Agile Project Management with Scrum||Succeeding with Agile|
|Author||Kenneth Rubin||Mitch Lacey||Zuzana Sochova||Ken Schwaber||Mike Cohn|
|Description||Leading Scrum coach and trainer Kenny Rubin provides easy-to-digest descriptions enhanced by illustrations based on an entirely new visual icon language for describing Scrum’s roles, artifacts, and activities.||Drawing on years of hands-on experience helping companies succeed, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) Mitch Lacey helps you overcome the major challenges of Scrum adoption and the deeper issues that emerge later.||Complete guide to becoming an exceptionally effective ScrumMaster and using Scrum to dramatically improve team and organizational performance. Easy to digest and highly visual, you can read it in a weekend…and use it for an entire career.||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.||This is the definitive, realistic, actionable guide to starting fast with Scrum and agile–and then succeeding over the long haul. Leading agile consultant and practitioner Mike Cohn presents detailed recommendations, powerful tips, and real-world case studies drawn from his unparalleled experience helping hundreds of software organizations make Scrum and agile work.|
|Endorsement||"This book serves as an indispensable guide, helping teams choose among the billions of possible ways of implementing Scrum and finding one that leads to success." — Mike Cohn, author of "Succeeding with Agile", Certified Scrum Trainer||"I am happy to say that I can definitely recommend Mitch’s book! I am confident that you will find my book and this book to be good compliments to one another, even (and especially) where the two differ on particular issues or approaches." -- Kenneth Rubin, author of "Essential Scrum"||"The Great ScrumMaster: #ScrumMasterWay fills an important gap in providing practical advice and tools for ScrumMasters who wish to improve their craft. The book is full of powerful tips sure to help any ScrumMaster." — Mike Cohn, author of "Succeeding with Agile", Certified Scrum Trainer||"This book is an excellent guide for anyone looking to improve how he or she delivers software, and I recommend it highly." — Mike Cohn, author of "Succeeding with Agile", Certified Scrum Trainer||"By reading this book, you will find that Mike brings up issues that you never thought of, offers advice on how you might handle situations, and helps you define new roles on your team." -- Tim Lister, Principal, The Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc|
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We found Ken's book to be the one that we can all align on. It's prescriptive enough to be useful but loose enough that teams feel freedom to innovate. The examples and pictures are at just the right level. You can tell it's written by somebody who lives Agile, and this helps developers respect the content and have more open minds.
I now give a copy of Ken's book to every new manager, product manager, and senior engineer, with their name written on it, by me, with a welcome note from me inside the cover. Ken's book has been a huge help to our team and perhaps it can be to yours as well!
Three features contribute to my appreciation and use of this guide:
1. The structure of the book
Four sections include a) an exploration of core Scrum concepts; b) a description of the roles people play in the Scrum framework; c) Scrum planning principles and the various planning events that scaffold the work of product development; and d) a description of key events and activities that occur during a Sprint. This structure makes it easy to find information on the various components of Scrum, and clearly shows how they integrate as a whole.
2. Graphic layout and visual language
Throughout the book, Rubin uses graphs and pictograms to explain and reinforce his text. 204 figures illustrate key concepts and demonstrate how parts relate to a larger whole. See for example figure 2.3, which charts the overall Scrum framework, or Figure 15.7 which diagrams the hierarchy and relationship of Scrum planning events. The book uses visual language to communicate a systems view of Scrum. Chart and diagrams constantly remind us to relate each specific Scrum process or role to its supporting framework, or the underlying principles that give it power. This format communicates the systemic nature of Agile methods, where simple rules are used to navigate a complex and rapidly changing environment.
3. Exploration of Organizational Strategies that Support Agile Adoption
As Scrum teams mature, their success may be helped or hindered by a range of processes beyond their direct control. For example, portfolio and product planning has a major impact on the work of the Scrum Team, yet may not involve direct input from team members. Rubin presents eleven strategies for effective portfolio planning “in a manner that is well aligned with core Agile principles.” These strategies include establishing Work In Progress (WIP) limits, estimating the cost of delay for features to be ranked, and adopting smaller and more frequent releases, Strategies such as these, he suggests, provide an organizational framework that enables a fast, flexible flow of work for on-the-ground Scrum teams. In the long run, alignment of processes top-to-bottom increases the agility and performance of the entire organization.
I turned to Essential Scrum to assist my understanding of how facilitators can support the work of Agile teams. Rubin’s explanation of Scrum matches my own experience of facilitation: effective processes are grounded in simple and reliable “rules" of human communication and teamwork that enable effective action in unpredictable and complex settings.
Whether you have specific questions about Scrum ceremonies, or are interested in how to scale Agile methods up and throughout your organization, this book can become a trusted advisor on your journey, guiding you to action that will encourage learning and fuel success.
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