Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum

Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum

By: Mike Cohn (author)Paperback

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Proven, 100% Practical Guidance for Making Scrum and Agile Work in Any Organization 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 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-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 challenging 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.

About Author

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. For more information, visit


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

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780321579362
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 512
  • ID: 9780321579362
  • weight: 830
  • ISBN10: 0321579364

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