Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum, 1st edition

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (October 20, 2009) © 2010

  • Mike Cohn

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ISBN-13: 9780321660565
Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
Published 2009
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Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
Published 2009


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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 organisations 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
  • Practical ways to get started immediately–and “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-organising 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 management

Foreword     xvii

Introduction     xix

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

Index     465

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