Mastering Professional Scrum: A Practitioners Guide to Overcoming Challenges and Maximizing the Benefits of Agility, 1st edition

  • Stephanie Ockerman
  • Simon Reindl

Mastering Professional Scrum: A Practitioner’s Guide to Overcoming Challenges and Maximizing the Benefits of Agility

ISBN-13:  9780134841526

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“Our job as Scrum professionals is to continually improve our ability to use Scrum to deliver products and services that help customers achieve valuable outcomes. This book will help you to improve your ability to apply Scrum.”
—From the Foreword by Ken Schwaber, co-author of Scrum
Mastering Professional Scrum is for anyone who wants to deliver increased value by using Scrum more effectively. Leading Scrum practitioners Stephanie Ockerman and Simon Reindl draw on years of Scrum training and coaching to help you return to first principles and apply Scrum with the professionalism required to achieve its transformative potential.

The authors aim to help you focus on proven Scrum approaches for improving quality, getting and using fast feedback, and becoming more adaptable, instead of “going through the motions” and settling for only modest improvements.

Whether you’re a Scrum Master, Development Team member, or Product Owner, you’ll find practical advice for facing challenges with transparency and courage, overcoming a wide array of common challenges, and continually improving your Scrum practice.
  • Realistically assess your current Scrum practice, and identify areas for improvement
  • Recognize what a great Scrum Team looks like and get there
  • Focus on “Done”—not “sort-of-Done” or “almost-Done”
  • Measure and optimize the value delivered by every Product Increment
  • Improve the way you plan, develop, and grow
  • Clear away wider organizational impediments to agility and professionalism
  • Overcome common misconceptions that stand in the way of progress
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Table of contents

Foreword by Ken Schwaber xiii
Foreword by Dave West xvii
Introduction xxi
Acknowledgments xxvii
About the Authors xxix

Chapter 1: Continuously Improving Your Scrum Practice 1
Focus on Seven Key Areas to Improve Your Scrum Practice 2
Growing Scrum Requires a Team to Improve Other Capabilities 7
A Process for Continuous Improvement 12
Summary 21
Call to Action 22

Chapter 2: Creating a Strong Team Foundation 23
Forming a Team Identity 23
What Makes a Good Team Member? 24
Who Should Be on a Scrum Team? 27
How Do Scrum Teams Form Working Agreements? 29
What Does Self-Organization Look Like? 31
How Do Scrum Teams Collaborate? 36
How Do Teams Progress? 42
Summary 47
Call to Action 48

Chapter 3: Delivering “Done” Product Increments 49
What Is a Definition of “Done”? 50
Using Sprint Goals to Get to “Done” 55
Getting PBIs to “Done” Earlier in the Sprint 58
Limiting Work Items in Progress 62
Building in Quality from the Beginning 64
Quality Metrics 68
Tackling Technical Debt 70
Summary 74
Call to Action 74

Chapter 4: Improving Value Delivered 77
What Is Value? 77
Delivering Faster Is a Good Start, But Not Enough 78
Product Value and the Scrum Team 80
Using the Product Vision to Enliven Team Purpose, Focus, and Identity 81
Measuring Value 83
Inspecting and Adapting Based on Feedback 90
Summary 92
Call to Action 93

Chapter 5: Improving Planning 95
Planning with a Product Mindset 96
Creating Alignment 100
Product Backlog Refinement 101
Planning a Sprint 107
How Far Ahead to Refine 111
Planning Releases 112
Summary 113
Call to Action 114

Chapter 6: Helping Scrum Teams Develop and Improve 115
Using the Sprint Retrospective to Uncover Areas for Improvement 115
Identifying and Removing Impediments 118
Growing Individual and Team Capabilities 124
Being an Accountable Scrum Master 127
Summary 135
Call to Action 135

Chapter 7: Leveraging the Organization to Improve 137
Organizations Need to Evolve to Succeed 137
Developing People and Teams 138
Getting Comfortable with Transparency 144
A Culture of Accountability, Not a Culture of Blame 145
Letting Go of (the Illusion of) Control 146
The Real Power of the Iron Triangle 146
Funding Initiatives 148
“Being Agile” Is Not the Goal 152
Nail It Before You Scale It 153
Summary 154
Call to Action 154

Chapter 8: Conclusion and What’s Next 157
Business Agility Requires Emergent Solutions 157
Call to Action 160

Appendix A: A Self-Assessment for Understanding Where You Are 161
Business Agility 161
Effective Empiricism with Scrum 162
Effective Teamwork with Scrum 167
Analysis of Assessment Answers 168

Appendix B: Common Misconceptions About Scrum 169
Scrum Is Not a Methodology or a Governance Process 169

Index 175

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (October 7th 2019) - Copyright © 2020