Book Reviews Tagged “continuous-improvement”

Strategize

Strategize

Most agile processes are empty of any advice on forming a company or product strategy. Product backlogs or featurelists are just assumed to exist or to spring spontaneously from the mind of a product owner or key stakeholder. In his new book, “Strategize,” Roman Pichler fills this void in agile thinking.

Roman is a long-time Scrum trainer based in the UK. He has…

Developer Testing: Building Quality into Software

Developer Testing: Building Quality into Software

Early in my career as a programmer, I remember coming across the phrase, “You can’t test quality in.” I read this inan article that compared 1970s and 1980s U.S. automobile manufacturing to Japanese automobile manufacturing.

The author was saying the U.S. car manufacturers were producing cars of lower quality than their Japanese counterparts because U.S. car…

Large-Scale Scrum

Large-Scale Scrum

“Large-Scale Scrum” by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde is great for anyone looking to scale Scrum up to medium and large projects. It provides a contrast to the very heavyweight Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and “Large-Scale Scrum” comes with its own cutesy acronym, LeSS. In fact the subtitle of the book is “More with LeSS.”

The book defines two scaling models. First is…

Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners: Agile Tactics, Tools, & Tips

Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners: Agile Tactics, Tools, & Tips

Rather than a conventional review, here is the foreword I was asked to write for this book.

--Mike

In the spirit of this book, I’ll take a shortcut and come right to the point: Buy this book. I assure you, you’ll find the wisdom in this collection of shortcuts extremely helpful.

However, experience tells us to be leery of shortcuts. Very few work out. Horror movies…