The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond eBook, 2nd Edition

Mitch Lacey

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The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond eBook, 2nd Edition

By Mitch Lacey
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Thousands of organisations 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.

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 maximise 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
  • Prioritising and estimating backlogs
  • Working with distributed and offshore teams
  • Institutionalising improvements, and extending agility throughout the organisation


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Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: Scrum: Simple, Not Easy
  • Part I: Getting Prepared 
  • Chapter 2: Getting People on Board
  • Chapter 3: Using Team Consultants to Optimize Team Performance
  • Chapter 4: Predicting Team Velocity 
  • Chapter 5: Implementing the Scrum Roles
  • Chapter 6: Determining Sprint Length 
  • Chapter 7: How Do You Know You’re Done?
  • Chapter 8: The Case for a Full-Time ScrumMaster
  • Part II: Field Basics 
  • Chapter 9: Why Engineering Practices Are Important in Scrum 
  • Chapter 10: Core Hours 
  • Chapter 11: Release Planning
  • Chapter 12: Decomposing Stories and Tasks
  • Chapter 13: Keeping Defects in Check
  • Chapter 14: Sustained Engineering and Scrum
  • Chapter 15: The Sprint Review
  • Chapter 16: Retrospectives
  • Part III: First Aid  
  • Chapter 17: Facilitating a Productive Daily Scrum
  • Chapter 18: The Fourth Question in Scrum  
  • Chapter 19: Keeping People Engaged with Pair Programming
  • Chapter 20: Adding New Team Members
  • Chapter 21: When Cultures Collide
  • Chapter 22: Sprint Emergency Procedures
  • Part IV: Advanced Survival Techniques
  • Chapter 23: Sustainable Pace
  • Chapter 24: Delivering Working Software
  • Chapter 25: Optimizing and Measuring Value
  • Chapter 26: Up-Front Project Costing
  • Chapter 27: Documentation in Scrum Projects 
  • Chapter 28: Outsourcing and Offshoring
  • Chapter 29: Prioritizing and Estimating Large Backlogs–The Big Wall
  • Chapter 30: Writing Contracts
  • Part V: Wilderness Essentials
  • Chapter 31: Driving to Done through Collaboration
  • Chapter 32: How Story Points Relate to Hours
  • Chapter 33: Immersive Interviewing and Hiring
  • Chapter 34: Aligning Incentives with Outcomes
  • Chapter 35: Risk Management in Scrum
  • Appendix: Scrum Framework
  • Index