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Scrum Field Guide, The: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond, 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 480
  • Edition: 2nd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-385370-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-385370-4

Thousands of organizations are adopting Scrum to transform the way they execute complex projects, in software and beyond. This guide will give you the skills and confidence needed to deploy Scrum, resulting in high-performing teams and satisfied customers. 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.

Extensively revised to reflect improved Scrum practices and tools, this edition adds an all-new section of tips from the field.

Lacey covers many new topics, including immersive interviewing, collaborative estimation, and deepening business alignment. In 35 engaging chapters, you’ll learn how to build support and maximize value across your company.

Now part of the renowned Mike Cohn Signature Series on agile development, this pragmatic guide addresses everything from establishing roles and priorities to determining team velocity, setting sprint length, and conducting customer reviews.

Coverage includes

  • Bringing teams and new team members on board
  • Creating a workable definition of “done”
  • Planning for short-term wins, and removing impediments to success
  • Balancing predictability and adaptability in release planning
  • Running productive daily scrums
  • Fixing failing sprints
  • Accurately costing projects, and measuring the value they deliver
  • Managing risks in dynamic Scrum projects
  • Prioritizing and estimating backlogs
  • Working with distributed and offshore teams
  • Institutionalizing improvements, and extending agility throughout the organization

Packed with real-world examples straight from Lacey’s experience, this book will be invaluable to anyone transitioning to Scrum, seeking to improve their early results, or trying to get back on track.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeff Sutherland           xix

Foreword by Kenneth S. Rubin           xxiii

Preface           xxv

Acknowledgments           xxix

About the Author           xxxi

Chapter 1: Scrum: Simple, Not Easy           1

The Story   1

Scrum   6

Keys to Success   17

References   18

Part I: Getting Prepared           21

Chapter 2: Getting People on Board           23

The Story   23

The Model   29

Change Takes Time   30

Keys to Success   33

References   34

Work Consulted   34

Chapter 3: Using Team Consultants to Optimize Team Performance           35

The Story   35

The Model   39

Keys to Success   47

Reference   50

Works Consulted   50

Chapter 4: Predicting Team Velocity           51

The Story   51

The Model   56

Keys to Success   65

References   67

Chapter 5: Implementing the Scrum Roles           69

The Story   69

The Model   73

Keys to Success   78

Chapter 6: Determining Sprint Length           81

The Story   81

The Model   84

Keys to Success   91

Reference   92

Chapter 7: How Do You Know You’re Done?           93

The Story   93

The Model   95

Keys to Success   101

References   102

Chapter 8: The Case for a Full-Time ScrumMaster           103

The Story   103

The Model   106

Keys to Success   112

References   116

Work Consulted   116

Part II: Field Basics            117

Chapter 9: Why Engineering Practices Are Important in Scrum           119

The Story   119

The Practices   123

Keys to Success   131

References   133

Works Consulted   134

Chapter 10: Core Hours           135

The Story   135

The Model   138

Keys to Success   142

Chapter 11: Release Planning           143

The Story   143

The Model   147

Keys to Success   154

Reference   156

Chapter 12: Decomposing Stories and Tasks           157

The Story   157

The Model   159

Keys to Success   167

References   168

Works Consulted   168

Chapter 13: Keeping Defects in Check           169

The Story   169

The Model   170

Keys to Success   172

References   173

Work Consulted   174

Chapter 14: Sustained Engineering and Scrum           175

The Story   175

The Model   178

Keys to Success   181

References   182

Chapter 15: The Sprint Review           183

The Story   183

The Model   186

Keys to Success   188

Works Consulted   191

Chapter 16: Retrospectives           193

The Story   193

The Practice   196

Keys to Success   200

References   202

Part III: First Aid            203

Chapter 17: Facilitating a Productive Daily Scrum           205

The Story   205

The Model   208

Keys to Success   213

Chapter 18: The Fourth Question in Scrum           217

The Story   217

The Model   220

Keys to Success   221

Reference   221

Chapter 19: Keeping People Engaged with Pair Programming           223

The Story   223

The Model   225

Keys to Success   230

References   231

Chapter 20: Adding New Team Members           233

The Story   233

The Model  235

Keys to Success   238

References   239

Chapter 21: When Cultures Collide           241

The Story   241

The Model   246

Keys to Success   251

References   254

Works Consulted   254

Chapter 22: Sprint Emergency Procedures           255

The Story   255

The Model   257

Keys to Success   260

References   261

Part IV: Advanced Survival Techniques            263

Chapter 23: Sustainable Pace           265

The Story   265

The Model   269

Keys to Success   274

References   276

Chapter 24: Delivering Working Software           277

The Story   277

The Model   281

Keys to Success   284

Work Consulted   287

Chapter 25: Optimizing and Measuring Value           289

The Story   289

The Model   292

Keys to Success   297

Reference   299

Works Consulted   299

Chapter 26: Up-Front Project Costing            301

The Story   301

The Model   306

Keys to Success   310

References   311

Chapter 27: Documentation in Scrum Projects           313

The Story   313

The Model   316

Keys to Success   323

References   324

Chapter 28: Outsourcing and Offshoring           325

The Story   325

The Model   328

Keys to Success   332

References   337

Work Consulted   337

Chapter 29: Prioritizing and Estimating Large Backlogs–The Big Wall           339

The Story   339

The Model   342

Keys to Success   346

References   348

Chapter 30: Writing Contracts           349

The Story   349

The Model   353

Keys to Success   361

References   363

Part V: Wilderness Essentials           365

Chapter 31: Driving to Done through Collaboration           367

The Story   367

The Model   371

Keys to Success   380

References   382

Chapter 32: How Story Points Relate to Hours           383

The Story   383

The Model   386

Keys to Success   391

References   394

Chapter 33: Immersive Interviewing and Hiring            395

The Story   395

The Model   398

Keys to Success   404

References   406

Work Consulted   407

Chapter 34: Aligning Incentives with Outcomes           409

The Story   409

The Model   412

Keys to Success   415

Reference   417

Chapter 35: Risk Management in Scrum           419

The Story   419

The Model   420

Keys to Success   424

Works Consulted   425

Appendix: Scrum Framework           427

The Roles   428

The Artifacts   429

The Meetings   431

Putting It All Together   434

Index             435


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