Thursday, 17 February 2011

Book: Agile Project Management with Scrum

This book provides an excellent coverage of how the Scrum software development methodology works. It introduces the key concepts then chapter by chapter reveals the intricacies involved in implementing the methodology by providing many, many, real world examples.

The author is one of the original signatories to the Agile Manifesto. He knows his stuff. Aside from the odd very dry joke, and perhaps the first chapter or two, the book does not deviate from the following pattern:

  • Chapter addresses one of the key features of the Scrum methodology (e.g. the purpose of the SrumMaster).
  • The chapter's introduction covers the overview of the concept and explains how the chapter will deal with it.
  • Two or three section (the "body") take us through some strategically selected real world examples, including an analysis of each.
  • A conclusion ties the chapter together, and ponders the various outcomes of the scenarios provided.

It's written in a predictable and confident manner. Exactly what you want in a book about project management and software development methodology.

Appendix A of the book along with the glossary is fantastic. It provides all the necessary information required for a quick start, and for reference material once Scrum is underway. Only thing left to do now is start using Scrum for real!

Title: Agile Project Management with Scrum
Author: Ken Schwaber
Link: Amazon
Tags: Project Management, Software Development Methodology

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