Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
- By Mike Cohn
- Published Oct 26, 2009 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Cohn) series.
- Copyright 2010
- Dimensions: 7-3/8 X 9-1/4
- Pages: 504
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-57936-4
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-57936-2
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Product Author Bios
Mike Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software, through which he provides training and consulting on Scrum and agile software development. Mike specializes in helping companies adopt Scrum and become more agile as a way of building extremely high performance development organizations. In addition to this book, he is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and books on Java and C++ programming.
With more than 25 years of experience, Mike has previously been a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from start-up to Fortune 40. He has also written articles for Better Software, IEEE Computer, Cutter IT Journal, Software Test and Quality Engineering, Agile Times, and the C/C++ Users Journal. Mike is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a founding member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is also a Certified Scrum Trainer, having cotaught the first Certified ScrumMaster class with Ken Schwaber in May 2003.
For more information, visit www.mountaingoatsoftware.com.
Proven, 100% Practical Guidance for Making Scrum and Agile Work in Any Organization
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.
Succeeding with Agile is for pragmatic software professionals who want real answers to the most difficult challenges they face in implementing Scrum. Cohn covers every facet of the transition: getting started, helping individuals transition to new roles, structuring teams, scaling up, working with a distributed team, and finally, implementing effective metrics and continuous improvement.
Throughout, Cohn presents “Things to Try Now” sections based on his most successful advice. Complementary “Objection” sections reproduce typical conversations with those resisting change and offer practical guidance for addressing their concerns. Coverage includes
- Practical ways to get started immediately–and “get good” fast
- Overcoming individual resistance to the changes Scrum requires
- Staffing Scrum projects and building effective teams
- Establishing “improvement communities” of people who are passionate about driving change
- Choosing which agile technical practices to use or experiment with
- Leading self-organizing teams
- Making the most of Scrum sprints, planning, and quality techniques
- Scaling Scrum to distributed, multiteam projects
- Using Scrum on projects with complex sequential processes or challenging compliance and governance requirements
- Understanding Scrum’s impact on HR, facilities, and project management
Whether you've completed a few sprints or multiple agile projects and whatever your role–manager, developer, coach, ScrumMaster, product owner, analyst, team lead, or project lead–this book will help you succeed with your very next project. Then, it will help you go much further: It will help you transform your entire development organization.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Insightful, practical and a good read,
This review is from: Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum (Paperback)I've read many, many books on software teams and building software, and I've written several myself, and I've come across very few books that do as good a job as Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum. This book gives great -- and very readable! -- advice, not just for people using Scrum (or even Agile development), but for anyone who is looking to improve the way their team builds software. Mike Cohn deserves a lot of credit for putting together a great book.
If you've tried to change the way that your team builds software, then you know that it's not easy. All too often, even a change that seems simple or straightforward turns into a royal mess, alienating the team and irritating everyone involved without actually making a difference to the final product. That's why "Succeeding with Agile" stands out as a... Read more
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum (Paperback)Great content. Great layout. Extremely well-written.
This book is written for people who already have some understanding of Scrum or other agile methods. As such, the book is well-timed. Agile methods have been around long enough that many people and organizations have adopted them and now find themselves dealing with nuances not covered in other literature. So, Cohn fills this void, providing experience-based ideas and solutions for the difficult (but rewarding) efforts that must be made to successfully adopt agile methods.
Part I builds the case for agility by citing positive results from experience, research, and surveys. It goes on to provide "tools" (ideas) for developing the awareness, desire, and ability (skills) that are critical for successful agile adoption. How do you adopt agile methods throughout an organization? Do you "start small" with pilot programs and spread the wealth? Or, do you "go all in," converting your entire organization to... Read more
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This review is from: Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum (Paperback)Mike Cohn has been taking notes during his Scrum classes, notes from all the questions and answers from his students. As a Scrum trainer I recognize many of the questions, and I admire Mike's answers. Mike has seen a lot of project situations, a lot of Scrum implementations, in very different organizations, and he shares his insights, tips and practices freely in this book. I admire how he brings his personal experiences, and references to materials from others together, 'elegant' is probably a good word for his approach. The book is so packed with information and experience that you will want to go back to it time after time, like an Agile-Coach-in-a-Book. If you're serious about implementing Scrum then keep the book handy, and refer to it often, it will kick-start your search for the answers to your implementation obstacles.
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Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started 1
Chapter 1: Why Becoming Agile Is Hard (But Worth It) 3
Chapter 2: ADAPTing to Scrum 21
Chapter 3: Patterns for Adopting Scrum 43
Chapter 4: Iterating Toward Agility 61
Chapter 5: Your First Projects 81
Part II: Individuals 95
Chapter 6: Overcoming Resistance 97
Chapter 7: New Roles 117
Chapter 8: Changed Roles 137
Chapter 9: Technical Practices 155
Part III: Teams 175
Chapter 10: Team Structure 177
Chapter 11: Teamwork 201
Chapter 12: Leading a Self-Organizing Team 219
Chapter 13: The Product Backlog 235
Chapter 14: Sprints 257
Chapter 15: Planning 285
Chapter 16: Quality 307
Part IV: The Organization 325
Chapter 17: Scaling Scrum 327
Chapter 18: Distributed Teams 355
Chapter 19: Coexisting with Other Approaches 389
Chapter 20: Human Resources, Facilities, and the PMO 405
Part V: Next Steps 427
Chapter 21: Seeing How Far You’ve Come 429
Chapter 22: You’re Not Done Yet 447
Reference List 449
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