Book Reviews Tagged “scrummaster”

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…

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

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

The book is a comprehensive overview of Scrum. It goes from the principles of agile through the mechanics of sprints to the roles on a Scrum team and all the way up to topics like technical debt and portfolio management with Scrum. A very helpful aspect of the book is the detailed "visual language," Kenny created while writing the book. He created icons for every…

Coaching Agile Teams

Coaching Agile Teams

Coaching of all forms--whether of kids playing basketball or software professionals learning to ScrumMasters or other agile leaders--is difficult. The advice given often boils down to "here's how I do it..." or "you should always do..." The first style of advice fails because the coach's personal style may differ dramatically from the apprentice's style. Techniques…

Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility

Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility

This excellent book is targeted directly at Project Management Professionals (PMPs) but will be extremely beneficial to any project manager who is interested in agile development.

After three short chapters that introduce the general principles and activities of an agile software development project, the authors attack the meat of their subject. Each of the nine…

Collaboration Explained

Collaboration Explained

A challenge faced by any project leader is how to lead the team without resorting to a command–and–control management style. This book’s essential premise is that the project leader can do this by fostering collaboration among team members. Jean Tabaka’s Collaboration Explained is really two books in one. The first explains the benefits of collaborating and why project…

Agile Project Management with Scrum

Agile Project Management with Scrum

Agile Project Management with Scrum is a wonderful book. The author, Ken Schwaber (one of the originators of the Scrum process), informs us through case studies and anecdotes. If you like learning by example, this book is for you. Scrum is quite likely the best starting point for most companies interested in pursuing an agile development process. The readability and…