Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners

I first stumbled across Ilan Goldstein, author of Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners, when a Web search led me to his blog of Scrum shortcuts.

He hadn’t written a tons of shortcuts at that time, but the few he had were tremendously helpful -- and funny. I knew Ilan was onto something, so I asked if he’d consider writing a book of shortcuts for the Mike Cohn Signature Series.

Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners is the result. It's stacked with 30 tips, covering the full gamut of a Scrum implementation.

He offers tips on:

  • How to get started
  • Requirements
  • Estimating and planning
  • Quality and metrics
  • Team members and roles
  • Managing bosses
  • Continuous improvement

If you’ve struggled with anything on a Scrum project, it’s likely Ilan has a shortcut to help you.

Ilan’s tips come from experience as a ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum trainer. They’re practical, not theoretical. He's also not afraid to take a stand. Too often, many books rely on the answer of “It depends.” You won’t find that here.

Whether you're a month, a year or decade into Scrum, I'm certain you'll find shortcuts in this book that will help you improve.




About the Author

As the founder of Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn specializes in helping companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques to build extremely high-performance teams. He is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and Succeeding with Agile. Mike is a founding member of theĀ Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is also the founder of, an online agile training website. He can be reached at or connect with Mike on Google+.