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Authors: Mike Cohn, Tim Lister
ISBN-13: 9780321579362, ISBN-10: 0321579364
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Date Published: November 2009
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Mike Cohn

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.

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Book Synopsis

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 the 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 resistence 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 practice 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 challengin 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.

Table of Contents

Pt. I Getting Started 1

Ch. 1 Why Becoming Agile Is Hard (But Worth It) 3

Ch. 2 ADAPTing to Scrum 21

Ch. 3 Patterns for Adopting Scrum 43

Ch. 4 Iterating Toward Agility 61

Ch. 5 Your First Projects 81

Pt. II Individuals 95

Ch. 6 Overcoming Resistance 97

Ch. 7 New Roles 117

Ch. 8 Changed Roles 137

Ch. 9 Technical Practices 155

Pt. III Teams 175

Ch. 10 Team Structure 177

Ch. 11 Teamwork 201

Ch. 12 Leading a Self-Organizing Team 219

Ch. 13 The Product Backlog 235

Ch. 14 Sprints 257

Ch. 15 Planning 285

Ch. 16 Quality 307

Pt. IV The Organization 325

Ch. 17 Scaling Scrum 327

Ch. 18 Distributed Teams 355

Ch. 19 Coexisting with Other Approaches 389

Ch. 20 Human Resources, Facilities, and the PMO 405

Pt. V Next Steps 427

Ch. 21 Seeing How Far You've Come 429

Ch. 22 You're Not Done Yet 447

Reference List 449

Index 465




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