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Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the…

Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

by Kenneth S. Rubin

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This book is about getting more out of Scrum, an intro to Scrum and its values, principles and practices, and a source of inspiration on how to apply it. This practical Scrum guide can help you how to plan and execute projects with Scrum, and on interfacing parts of the organization that use Agile with parts that don't, which is crucial to assure successful Agile software development.

For a detailed review of this book, and an interview with the author Ken Rubin, see http://www.infoq.com/articles/essential-scrum ( )
  BenLinders | Jul 30, 2017 |
I've been part of a team doing Scrum for a couple of years now and still this book proved useful for me. I learned some new things and reinforced some other concepts, like estimates should be accurate, not precise - NICE!

The book begins by explaining the Cynefin framework and where Scrum falls in the system. A brief note about Kanban is interesting as well.

The core point of Scrum is 'inspect and adapt' being done at various levels - daily stand ups, sprint reviews, retrospectives and also during Scrum of Scrums. This bolsters the iterative development idea that is well suited for the evolution of an innovative product.

The authors' tone is a balanced one, evident when he talks about when not to use Scrum. He clearly knows his stuff and doesn't go on to boast about the ubiquity of Scrum. Of course, you can't learn a complex concept like Scrum by reading just one book. The categorization of Scrum concepts in this book helps to reuse it as a reference guide as well - you can easily jump to parts of a chapter to clarify your understanding on a future date.

The 'do your thing' in the last chapter was interesting where he encourages teams to create their own home rules in order to follow the guidelines of Scrum.

The only rue I have is that the italics/manuscript-ish font used in images is difficult to read on eBook readers.

All-in-all, a great book. ( )
  nmarun | May 24, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0137043295, Paperback)

A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process


The Single-Source, Comprehensive Guide to Scrum for All Team Members, Managers, and Executives


If you want to use Scrum to develop innovative products and services that delight your customers, Essential Scrum is the complete, single-source reference you’ve been searching for. Leading Scrum coach and trainer Kenny Rubin illuminates the values, principles, and practices of Scrum, and describes flexible, proven approaches that can help you implement it far more effectively.


Whether you are new to Scrum or years into your use, this book will introduce, clarify, and deepen your Scrum knowledge at the team, product, and portfolio levels. Drawing from Rubin’s experience helping hundreds of organizations succeed with Scrum, this book provides easy-to-digest descriptions enhanced by more than two hundred illustrations based on an entirely new visual icon language for describing Scrum’s roles, artifacts, and activities.


Essential Scrum will provide every team member, manager, and executive with a common understanding of Scrum, a shared vocabulary they can use in applying it, and practical knowledge for deriving maximum value from it.

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