Jan 28

I have now completed reading the “Succeeding With Agile – Software Development Using Scrum” book written by Mike Cohn. In this book Mike Cohn is walking you through the world of Scrum step by step. Each parts and chapters in the book are addressing important subjects when using Scrum in software development. Each chapter contains one or several “Things to try now” sections. This way you are encouraged to stop and actually try what you are reading about in your own organization or projects. I really liked these sections, although I didn’t try them all they made me stop and think for a moment before continue reading.

The book is well written with a lot of real life examples and the graphs and images makes reading the book even more enjoyable. The book consists of five parts, 22 chapters and 475 pages. One thing that struck me while reading the book was that I was amazed by all the numbers and facts Mike Cohn had gathered for this book, must have spent a large amount of time just researching and collecting facts for the book.

Part 1 – Getting Started

  • Why becoming agile is hard (but worth it)
  • ADAPTing to Scrum
  • Patterns for adopting Scrum
  • Iterating toward agility
  • Your first projects

Part 2 – Individuals

  • Overcoming resistance
  • New roles
  • Changed roles
  • Technical practices

Part 3 – Teams

  • Team structure
  • Teamwork
  • Leading a self-organizing team
  • The product backlog
  • Sprints
  • Planning
  • Quality

Part 4

  • Scaling Scrum
  • Distributed teams
  • Coexisting with other approaches
  • Human resources, facilities, and the PMO

Part 5 – Next steps

  • Seeing how far you’ve come
  • You’re not done yet

I recommend this book to those of you that are using Scrum but want to refine you processes (it’s in the nature of Scrum to continuously refine the processes) and of course I recommend the book to those of you that are considering introducing Scrum to your organization.

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2 Comments to “Book review: Succeeding With Agile – Software Development Using Scrum, by Mike Cohn”

  1. 4G Phones says:

    Seems like a well researched book about Scrum, I should definitely get a copy.

  2. I highly recommend this book.

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