Book Notes: Agile Project Management with Scrum - Ken Schwaber

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One of the developers of the Scrum process describes the straightforward and easy-to-learn foundation rules and practices of the framework.

Summary

Title: Agile Project Management with Scrum
Author: Ken Schwaber
Themes: Agile, Scrum, Cases, Technology, Management, Business
Year: 2004
Publisher: Microsoft Press
ISBN: 0735637903, 9780735637900
Pages: 192

Scrum is a simple framework with simple rules and practices to build products in complex environments.

Despite Scrum's simplicity, its lack of prescription can be disarming, and new practitioners revert to old project management tools and habits.

A series of stories illustrate the responsibilities and typical problems that Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Teams face. Throughout each section, there is a brief, concise story followed by a lessons learned section that summarizes the various points made.

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As a result of his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management, Scrum co-creator, and evangelist Ken Schwaber offers this series of case studies in Scrum to help you really understand it, always remembering that this is a 2004 book.

This book covers crucial subjects to help you gain a foundation in Scrum theory and practice:

 - Rein in even the most complex, unwieldy projects
 - Effectively manage unknown or changing product requirements
 - Simplify the chain of command with self-managing development teams
 - Obtain customer feedback and clearer specifications
 - Greatly reduce project planning time and required tools
 - Avoid missteps by regularly inspecting and fine-tuning projects
 - Support multiple teams on a large-scale project from many locations

These topics will help you learn how to use Scrum to solve complex problems and deliver better results.

There is only one chapter in the book devoted to the theory of Scrum. The rest of the book adheres to the author's opinion that knowledge of Scrum cannot be gained by studying theory, but by putting it into practice.

Chapters of the Book:

Chapter 1 - Backdrop: The Science of Scrum
Chapter 2 - New Management Responsibilities
Chapter 3 - The ScrumMaster
Chapter 4 - Bringing Order from Chaos
Chapter 5 - The Product Owner
Chapter 6 - Planning a Scrum Project
Chapter 7 - Project Reporting— Keeping Everything Visible
Chapter 8 - The Team
Chapter 9 - Scaling Projects Using Scrum
Appendix A - Rules
Appendix B - Definitions
Appendix C - Resources
Appendix D - Fixed-Price, Fixed-Date Contracts
Appendix E - Capability Maturity Model (CMM)


Ken Schwaber, a 30-year veteran of the software development industry, is a leader of the agile process revolution and one of the developers of the Scrum process. A signatory of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, he subsequently founded the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance. Ken authored Agile Project Management with Scrum and coauthored Agile Software Development with Scrum and has helped train more than 47,000 certified Scrum Masters.

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