Succeeding with Agile Software Development Using Scrum

ISBN-10: 0321579364

ISBN-13: 9780321579362

Edition: 2010

Authors: Mike Cohn

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Proven, 100% Practical Guidance for Making Scrum and Agile Work in Any OrganizationThis is the definitive, realistic, actionable guide to starting fast with Scrum and agileand 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, 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 immediatelyand "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 Scrum 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 managementWhether you've completed a few sprints or multiple agile projects and whatever your rolemanager, developer, coach, ScrumMaster, product owner, analyst, team lead, or project leadthis 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.
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List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Publication date: 11/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Forword
Acknowledgements
About the Author
Introduction
Getting Started
Why Becoming Agile Is Hard (But Worth It)
Why Transitioning Is Hard
Why It's Worth the Effort
Looking Forward
Additional Reading
ADAPTing to Scrum
Awareness
Desire
Ability
Promotion
Transfer
Putting It All Together
Additional Reading
Patterns for Adopting Scrum
Start Small or Go All In
Public Display of Agility or Stealth
Patterns for Spreading Scrum
Introducing New Technical Practices
One Final Consideration
Additional Reading
Iterating Toward Agility
The Improvement Backlog
The Enterprise Transition Community
Improvement Communities
One Size Does Not Fit All
Looking Forward
Additional Reading
Your First Projects
Selecting a Pilot Project
Choosing the Right Time to Start
Selecting a Pilot Team
Setting and Managing Expectations
It's Just a Pilot
Additional Reading
Individuals
Overcoming Resistance
Anticipating Resistance
Communicating About the Change
The Hows and Whys of Individual Resistance
Resistance as a Useful Red Flag
Additional Reading
New Roles
The Role of the ScrumMaster
The Product Owner
New Roles, Old Responsibilities
Additional Reading
Changed Roles
Analysts
Project Managers
Architects
Functional Managers
Programmers
Database Administrators
Testers
User Experience Designers
Three Common Themes
Additional Reading
Technical Practices
Strive for Technical Excellence
Design: Intentional yet Emergent
Improving Technical Practices Is Not Optional
Additional Reading
Teams
Team Structure
Feed Them Two Pizzas
Favor Feature Teams
Self-Organizing Doesn't Mean Randomly Assembled
Put People on One Project
Guidelines for Good Team Structure
Onward
Additional Reading
Teamwork
Embrace Whole-Team Resposibility
Rely On Specialists but Sparingly
Do a Little Bit of Everything All the Time
Foster Team Learning
Encourage Collaboration Through Commitment
All Together Now
Additional Reading
Leading a Self-Organizing Team
Influencing Self-Organization
Influencing Evolution
There's More to Leadership Than Buying Pizza
Additional Reading
The Product Backlog
Shift from Documents to Discussions
Progressively Refine Requirements
Learn to Start Without a Specification
Make the Product Backlog DEEP
Don't Forget to Talk
Additional Reading
Sprints
Deliver Working Software Each Sprint
Deliver Something Valuable Each Sprint
Prepare in This Sprint for the Next
Work Together Throughout the Sprint
Keep Timeboxes Regular and Strict
Don't Change the Goal
Get Feedback, Learn, and Adapt
Additional Reading
Planning
Progressively Refine Plans
Don't Plan on Overtime to Salvage a Plan
Favor Scope Changes When Possible
Separate Estimating from Committing
Summary
Additional Reading
Quality
Integrate Testing into the Process
Automate at Different Levels
Do Acceptance Test-Driven Development
Pay Off Technical Debt
Quality Is a Team Effort
Additional Reading
The Organization
Scaling Scrum
Scaling the Product Owner
Working with a Large Product Backlog
Proactively Manage Dependencies
Coordinate Work Among Teams
Scaling the Sprint Planning Meeting
Cultivate Communities of Practice
Scrum Does Scale
Additional Reading
Distributed Teams
Decide How to Distribute Multiple Teams
Create Coherence
Get Together in Person
Change How You Communicate
Meetings
Proceed with Caution
Additional Reading
Coexisting with Other Approaches
Mixing Scrum and Sequential Development
Governance
Compliance
Onward
Additional Reading
Human Resources, Facilities, and the PMO
Human Resources
Facilities
The Project Management Office
The Bottom Line
Additional Reading
Next Steps
Seeing How Far You've Come
The Purpose of Measuring
General-Purpose Agility Assessments
Creating Your Own Assessment
A Balanced Scorecard for Scrum Teams
Should We Really Bother with This?
Additional Reading
You're Not Done Yet
Reference List
Index
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