Agile Project Management with Scrum – A Book Review
Agile Project Management with Scrum is an essential guide to understanding Scrum, which is a non-traditional project management concept that focuses on using multiple small teams working independently to manage projects and generate productivity. Scrum is often used by companies that develop software, but can be applied to a wide variety of fields providing an organized structure and process of project management. This book serves as a great reference guide for businesses new to Scrum and gives an introductory look to the key concepts to successful project managing using Scrum methodology.
The first paperback edition was published on February 11, 2004. It is 192 pages and published by Microsoft Press as part of the Microsoft Professional Book Series. ISBN-10: 0-7356-1993-X; ISBN-13: 9780735619937.
This book is targeted towards software development companies and project managers looking to introduce new project management concepts. Its resourceful guide to Scrum methodology is really helpful, that also makes it an ideal book for new or developing companies to better organize projects.
What Customers Say
Tom G says that this book proved to be a valuable resource that includes many case studies viewed from multiple perspectives that help drive home the reason as to how and why Scrum works. He would recommend it to those new to project management as well as veterans looking for alternative methods.
For Michael Cohn, the readability and easy-to-understand examples was what made the book an excellent starting point for any journey into agile development.
Content, Approach, Style
Agile Project Management with Scrum is composed of an introduction and then nine chapters divided into sections with situational examples to accompany most of the sections. For example, in Chapter 3, The ScrumMaster, there is an example of a situation the author faced and then accompanying that is a section called “Lessons Learned” in which the author provides conclusions for the outcome of the situation. The nine chapters are separated into different concepts for implementing Scrum, such as Customer and Team Collaboration in Chapter 5.
Readers who are more familiar with Scrum method can easily dive right into the book with great ease, although the book is meant to be read from start to finish as it builds on concepts and situations addressed in previous chapters. The author has provided many anecdotes which organizations can use in everyday situations. The style of this book provides easy-to-understand chapters and guidelines for implementing Scrum in the real world.
Why Buy the Book
Agile Project Management with Scrum provides readers with the framework to begin using Scrum within their own projects, with invaluable personal experiences from one of the initial developers of project management concepts. With different approaches to Scrum, the reader can compare and contrast the approaches and decide which one best fits their needs. It is a great organizational and structural guide to non-traditional project management.
Books that Complement
Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process by Kenneth S. Rubin gives a comprehensive and more detailed look on the concepts and guidelines of Scrum project managing that will enhance the experience of using Scrum methodology for development solutions.
Agile Project Management for Dummies by Mark Layton describes the core values, approaches and techniques used in agile project management. This book has the backing of the author’s position as a certified Scrum Trainer.
Ken Schwaber is president of Advanced Development Methods which works to improve software development practice. Schwaber is said to be one of the pioneers of the industry, with experience in software development, project management and software consulting.