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The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond, Second Edition

Book Description

Thousands of organizations are adopting Scrum to transform the way they execute complex projects, in software and beyond. This guide will give you the skills and confidence needed to deploy Scrum, resulting in high-performing teams and satisfied customers. Drawing on years of hands-on experience helping companies succeed, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) Mitch Lacey helps you overcome the major challenges of Scrum adoption and the deeper issues that emerge later.

Extensively revised to reflect improved Scrum practices and tools, this edition adds an all-new section of tips from the field.

Lacey covers many new topics, including immersive interviewing, collaborative estimation, and deepening business alignment. In 35 engaging chapters, you’ll learn how to build support and maximize value across your company.

Now part of the renowned Mike Cohn Signature Series on agile development, this pragmatic guide addresses everything from establishing roles and priorities to determining team velocity, setting sprint length, and conducting customer reviews.

Coverage includes

  • Bringing teams and new team members on board

  • Creating a workable definition of “done”

  • Planning for short-term wins, and removing impediments to success

  • Balancing predictability and adaptability in release planning

  • Running productive daily scrums

  • Fixing failing sprints

  • Accurately costing projects, and measuring the value they deliver

  • Managing risks in dynamic Scrum projects

  • Prioritizing and estimating backlogs

  • Working with distributed and offshore teams

  • Institutionalizing improvements, and extending agility throughout the organization

  • Packed with real-world examples straight from Lacey’s experience, this book will be invaluable to anyone transitioning to Scrum, seeking to improve their early results, or trying to get back on track.

    Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Dedication Page
    5. Contents
    6. Foreword by Jeff Sutherland
      1. Demand Technical Excellence
      2. Promote Individual Change and Lead Organizational Change
      3. Organize Knowledge and Improve Education
      4. The Bottom Line
    7. Foreword by Kenneth S. Rubin
    8. Preface
      1. Welcome to the Second Edition of The Scrum Field Guide
      2. How This Book Came to Be
      3. Who Should Read This Book
      4. How to Read This Book
      5. Why You Should Read This Book
      6. Supplemental Material for This Book
    9. Acknowledgments
    10. About the Author
    11. Chapter 1. Scrum: Simple, Not Easy
      1. The Story
      2. Scrum
      3. Keys to Success
      4. References
    12. Part I: Getting Prepared
      1. Chapter 2. Getting People on Board
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Change Takes Time
        4. Keys to Success
        5. Reference
        6. Work Consulted
      2. Chapter 3. Using Team Consultants to Optimize Team Performance
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
        5. Works Consulted
      3. Chapter 4. Predicting Team Velocity
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      4. Chapter 5. Implementing the Scrum Roles
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
      5. Chapter 6. Determining Sprint Length
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. Reference
      6. Chapter 7. How Do You Know You’re Done?
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      7. Chapter 8. The Case for a Full-Time ScrumMaster
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
        5. Work Consulted
    13. Part II: Field Basics
      1. Chapter 9. Why Engineering Practices Are Important in Scrum
        1. The Story
        2. The Practices
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
        5. Works Consulted
      2. Chapter 10. Core Hours
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
      3. Chapter 11. Release Planning
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. Reference
      4. Chapter 12. Decomposing Stories and Tasks
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
        5. Works Consulted
      5. Chapter 13. Keeping Defects in Check
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
        5. Work Consulted
      6. Chapter 14. Sustained Engineering and Scrum
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      7. Chapter 15. The Sprint Review
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. Works Consulted
      8. Chapter 16. Retrospectives
        1. The Story
        2. The Practice
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
    14. Part III: First Aid
      1. Chapter 17. Facilitating a Productive Daily Scrum
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
      2. Chapter 18. The Fourth Question in Scrum
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. Reference
      3. Chapter 19. Keeping People Engaged with Pair Programming
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      4. Chapter 20. Adding New Team Members
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      5. Chapter 21. When Cultures Collide
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
        5. Works Consulted
      6. Chapter 22. Sprint Emergency Procedures
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
    15. Part IV. Advanced Survival Techniques
      1. Chapter 23. Sustainable Pace
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      2. Chapter 24. Delivering Working Software
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. Work Consulted
      3. Chapter 25. Optimizing and Measuring Value
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. Reference
        5. Works Consulted
      4. Chapter 26. Up-Front Project Costing
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      5. Chapter 27. Documentation in Scrum Projects
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      6. Chapter 28. Outsourcing and Offshoring
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
        5. Work Consulted
      7. Chapter 29. Prioritizing and Estimating Large Backlogs—The Big Wall
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      8. Chapter 30. Writing Contracts
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
    16. Part V. Wilderness Essentials
      1. Chapter 31. Driving to Done through Collaboration
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      2. Chapter 32. How Story Points Relate to Hours
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
      3. Chapter 33. Immersive Interviewing and Hiring
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. References
        5. Work Consulted
      4. Chapter 34. Aligning Incentives with Outcomes
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. Reference
      5. Chapter 35. Risk Management in Scrum
        1. The Story
        2. The Model
        3. Keys to Success
        4. Works Consulted
    17. Appendix. Scrum Framework
      1. The Roles
      2. The Artifacts
      3. The Meetings
      4. Putting It All Together
    18. Index