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Scrum First Aid

A Recipe Book for Fixing Scrum Challenges and Anti-Patterns

About the Book

Has your team recently adopted Scrum? Has your company's leadership recently encouraged the development process to become more "agile"? Are you an experienced development team whose Scrum implementation is causing more problems than it solves? Then this book is for you!

Whether your current Scrum implementation feels like a slightly-broken process or a five-alarm dumpster fire, you're not alone. Scrum is often touted as a simple, lightweight roadmap to agile success, but it can take years to master the intricacies of the framework. You don't have years, though; you have deadlines to meet and products to deliver.

By distilling common Scrum problems down to their essence, and providing effective solutions to painful Scrum challenges, you can spend more time focusing on product development than putting out framework-imposed fires. It's like hiring an industry-leading Agile Coach for pennies on the dollar.

Filled with illustrative examples and practical solutions, this book is suitable for all Scrum Teams and agile practitioners, regardless of experience level. Whether you're new to Scrum and still trying to wrap your head around some of its less-intuitive practices, or an experienced agilist looking to continuously improve your team's processes, there's something here for you.

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About the Author

Todd A. Jacobs
Todd A. Jacobs

Todd is the Chief Technology Officer and resident agile guru at Modern CloudOps℠, a division of CodeGnome Consulting. He specializes in CloudOps, DevOps, and agile transformations. Todd is also a recognized expert in IT automation and cyber security in the e-commerce, hospitality, and financial services sectors.

Todd is intensely passionate about technology and process. He's published several books about Scrum and agile leadership, and his technical articles have been featured in SysAdmin Magazine and Linux Journal. He's also a top contributor on Stack Overflow and a community moderator on Project Management Stack Exchange.

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Get enough books to share with every Scrum Team in your scaled Scrum framework. Ideal for supporting SAFe, Nexus, LeSS, Scrum-of-Scrums, and other implementations. Please contact us directly for special pricing on larger bulk purchases.

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Reader Testimonials

Ron Lichty, Author: Managing the Unmanageable
Ron Lichty, Author: Managing the Unmanageable

The writing is easy to read and absorb.

[R]eaders are going to love seeing the 'gotchas' highlighted here...and will find the organization by problem-set and discussion of solutions valuable. The writing is easy to read and absorb. You may not agree with every point or nuance, but even in the unlikely event you’ve encountered every problem listed here and tried every solution, you’ll even then come away with words you wish you had to describe it to others and sell in those solutions.

Table of Contents

  •  
    • Dedication
    • Epigraph
    • Introduction
    • How to Read This Book
      • Pick Your Reading Style
      • Chapter Navigation
  • Anti-Patterns
    • Daily Scrum as Status Pulls
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
    • Sequential Development and Testing
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
    • Expecting Ever-Increasing Velocity
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
    • Sprint Names as “Permalinks”
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
    • Incomplete Work as “Failure”
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
  • Implementation Questions
    • How are Product Releases Scheduled?
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
    • Why Define a Sprint Goal Each Sprint?
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
    • Who Manages Project Budgets?
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
    • Must Sprint Backlogs Be Completed?
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
    • What is Scrum’s Process Overhead?
      • Illustrative Example
      • Analysis and Advice
  • Backmatter
    • About the Author
  • Notes

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