Succeeding with Agile: Software Development using Scrum

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Mike Cohn

Mike Cohn helps companies adopt and improve their use of agile processes and techniques in order to build extremely high performance development organizations.

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Publication date: October 30, 2009


Starting the transition to an agile development process like Scrum is easy; succeeding with Scrum and becoming a genuinely agile organization is harder.

Not only does Scrum introduce new ways of working, it requires new ways of thinking about that work. Becoming agile is an arduous process that, done right, necessitates a mindset shift not only for individuals and their teams, but also throughout the broader organization. Succeeding with Agile provides actionable insight to help organizations overcome the challenges that can and will arise in the wake of these changes.

From leading agile author, consultant, and practitioner, Mike Cohn, Succeeding with Agile shows both how to get started and then how to get good at Scrum. The author illuminates all teaching points with helpful tips, advice on overcoming common objections, exercises to try, and anecdotes drawn from over a decade of experience helping companies succeed with Scrum. The result is a book that will be reached for and referenced again and again by all stakeholders in an agile organization.

Table of Contents

Chapter Download  
Front Matter
Table of Contents, Foreword, Introduction, and More Pdf  
Part 1: Getting Started
1. Why Becoming Agile Is Hard (But Worth It)  
2. ADAPTing to Scrum  
3. Patterns for Adopting Scrum  
4. Iterating Toward Agility Pdf  
5. Your First Projects  
Part 2: Individuals
6. Overcoming Resistance  
7. New Roles  
8. Changed Roles  
9. Technical Practices  
Part 3: Teams
10. Team Structure Pdf  
11. Teamwork  
12. Leading a Self-Organizing Team  
13. The Product Backlog  
14. Sprints  
15. Planning  
16. Quality  
Part 4: The Organization
17. Scaling Agile  
18. Distributed Teams  
19. Coexisting with Other Approaches  
20. Human Resources, Facilities and the PMO  
Part 5: Next Steps
21. Seeing How Far You've Come  
22. You're Not Done Yet