Scrum Field Guide, The: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond, 2nd edition

  • Mitch Lacey

Scrum Field Guide, The: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond

ISBN-13:  9780133853629

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Thousands of organizations are adopting Scrum to transform the way they execute complex projects, in software and beyond. This guide will give you the skills and confidence needed to deploy Scrum, resulting in high-performing teams and satisfied customers. Drawing on years of hands-on experience helping companies succeed, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) Mitch Lacey helps you overcome the major challenges of Scrum adoption and the deeper issues that emerge later.


Extensively revised to reflect improved Scrum practices and tools, this edition adds an all-new section of tips from the field.


Lacey covers many new topics, including immersive interviewing, collaborative estimation, and deepening business alignment. In 35 engaging chapters, you’ll learn how to build support and maximize value across your company.


Now part of the renowned Mike Cohn Signature Series on agile development, this pragmatic guide addresses everything from establishing roles and priorities to determining team velocity, setting sprint length, and conducting customer reviews.


Coverage includes

  • Bringing teams and new team members on board
  • Creating a workable definition of “done”
  • Planning for short-term wins, and removing impediments to success
  • Balancing predictability and adaptability in release planning
  • Running productive daily scrums
  • Fixing failing sprints
  • Accurately costing projects, and measuring the value they deliver
  • Managing risks in dynamic Scrum projects
  • Prioritizing and estimating backlogs
  • Working with distributed and offshore teams
  • Institutionalizing improvements, and extending agility throughout the organization


Packed with real-world examples straight from Lacey’s experience, this book will be invaluable to anyone transitioning to Scrum, seeking to improve their early results, or trying to get back on track.


Table of contents

Foreword by Jeff Sutherland           xix

Foreword by Kenneth S. Rubin           xxiii

Preface           xxv

Acknowledgments           xxix

About the Author           xxxi


Chapter 1: Scrum: Simple, Not Easy           1

The Story   1

Scrum   6

Keys to Success   17

References   18


Part I: Getting Prepared           21

Chapter 2: Getting People on Board           23

The Story   23

The Model   29

Change Takes Time   30

Keys to Success   33

References   34

Work Consulted   34


Chapter 3: Using Team Consultants to Optimize Team Performance           35

The Story   35

The Model   39

Keys to Success   47

Reference   50

Works Consulted   50


Chapter 4: Predicting Team Velocity           51

The Story   51

The Model   56

Keys to Success   65

References   67


Chapter 5: Implementing the Scrum Roles           69

The Story   69

The Model   73

Keys to Success   78


Chapter 6: Determining Sprint Length           81

The Story   81

The Model   84

Keys to Success   91

Reference   92


Chapter 7: How Do You Know You’re Done?           93

The Story   93

The Model   95

Keys to Success   101

References   102


Chapter 8: The Case for a Full-Time ScrumMaster           103

The Story   103

The Model   106

Keys to Suc

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (December 22nd 2015) - Copyright © 2016