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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
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.
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