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Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum

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Häftad Engelska, 2009-11-12
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Proven, 100% Practical Guidance for Making Scrum and Agile Work in Any Organization


This is the definitive, realistic, actionable guide to starting fast with Scrum and agileand then succeeding over the long haul. Leading agile consultant and practitioner Mike Cohn presents detailed recommendations, powerful tips, and real-world case studies drawn from his unparalleled experience helping hundreds of software organizations make Scrum and agile work.


Succeeding with Agile is for pragmatic software professionals who want real answers to the most difficult challenges they face in implementing Scrum. Cohn covers every facet of the transition: getting started, helping individuals transition to new roles, structuring teams, scaling up, working with a distributed team, and finally, implementing effective metrics and continuous improvement.


Throughout, Cohn presents Things to Try Now sections based on his most successful advice. Complementary Objection sections reproduce typical conversations with those resisting change and offer practical guidance for addressing their concerns. Coverage includes 

  • Practical ways to get started immediatelyand get good fast
  • Overcoming individual resistance to the changes Scrum requires
  • Staffing Scrum projects and building effective teams
  • Establishing improvement communities of people who are passionate about driving change
  • Choosing which agile technical practices to use or experiment with
  • Leading self-organizing teams
  • Making the most of Scrum sprints, planning, and quality techniques
  • Scaling Scrum to distributed, multiteam projects
  • Using Scrum on projects with complex sequential processes or challenging compliance and governance requirements
  • Understanding Scrums impact on HR, facilities, and project management
Whether you've completed a few sprints or multiple agile projects and whatever your rolemanager, developer, coach, ScrumMaster, product owner, analyst, team lead, or project leadthis book will help you succeed with your very next project. Then, it will help you go much further: It will help you transform your entire development organization.

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Praise for Succeeding with Agile


Understanding the mechanics of an agile process is just not enough. Mike Cohn has compiled a superb and comprehensive collection of advice that will help individuals and teams with the intricate task of adopting and adapting agile processes to fit their specific challenges. This book will become the definitive handbook for agile teams.

Colin Bird, Global Head of Agile, EMC Consulting


Mike Cohns experience working with so many different organizations in the adoption of agile methods shines through with practical approaches and valuable insights. If you really want agile methods to stick, this is the book to read.

Jeff Honious, Vice President, Innovation, Reed Elsevier


Mike Cohn has done it again. Succeeding with Agile is based on his experience, and all of our experience, with agile to date. He covers from the earliest days of the project up to maturity and offers advice for the individual, the team, and the enterprise. No matter where you are in the agile cycle, this book has something for you!

Ron Jeffries,


If you want to start or take the next step in agile software development, this book is for you. It discusses issues, great solutions, and helpful guidelines when scaling up in agile projects. We used the guidelines from this book extensively when we introduced agile in a large, FDA-regulated department.

Christ Vriens, Department Head of MiPlaza, part of Philips Research


If making the move to agile has always baffled you, then this book will unlock its mysteries. Mike Cohn gives us all the definitive, no-nonsense guide to transforming your organization into a high-powered, innovative, and competitive success.

Steve Greene, Senior Director, Program Management and Agile Development,


Mike Cohn is a great advisor for transforming your software organization. This book is a distillation of everything Mike has learned over the years working with companies that are trying to become more agile. If you are thinking of going agile, pick up this book.

Christopher Fry, Ph.D., Vice President Development, Platform,


Whether youre just starting out or have some Scrum experience under your belt, in Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn provides a wealth of information to guide you in your quest toward continuous improvement. Throughout the book, concepts are reinforced with practical everyday advice, including how to handle objections and thought-provoking things to try now. An extensive list of recommended readings round this out to be a must have book.

Nikki Rohm, Studio Director Project and Resource Management, Electronic Arts


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Mike Cohn is author of two of the world's most respected and popular Agile books, Agile Estimating and Planning and User Stories Applied. His clients include the BBC, Capital One, Covad, Electronic Arts, Experian, Google, Intuit, John Deere, Lexis Nexis, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Nielsen Media, Nokia, Philips Electronics, Reed Elsevier, Sabre,, Siemens, Sony, Texas Instruments, Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, Yahoo, and many others. Cohn has been doing Scrum since 1995, before the term "Agile" was even applied to software development. He is a founding member of the Agile Alliance, Agile Project Leadership Network, and the Scrum Alliance.


Foreword     xvii

Introduction     xix

Part I: Getting Started     1

Chapter 1: Why Becoming Agile Is Hard (But Worth It)     3

Chapter 2: ADAPTing to Scrum     21

Chapter 3: Patterns for Adopting Scrum     43

Chapter 4: Iterating Toward Agility     61

Chapter 5: Your First Projects     81

Part II: Individuals     95

Chapter 6: Overcoming Resistance     97

Chapter 7: New Roles     117

Chapter 8: Changed Roles     137

Chapter 9: Technical Practices     155

Part III: Teams     175

Chapter 10: Team Structure     177

Chapter 11: Teamwork     201

Chapter 12: Leading a Self-Organizing Team     219

Chapter 13: The Product Backlog     235

Chapter 14: Sprints     257

Chapter 15: Planning     285

Chapter 16: Quality     307

Part IV: The Organization     325

Chapter 17: Scaling Scrum     327

Chapter 18: Distributed Teams     355

Chapter 19: Coexisting with Other Approaches     389

Chapter 20: Human Resources, Facilities, and the PMO     405

Part V: Next Steps     427

Chapter 21: Seeing How Far Youve Come     429

Chapter 22: Youre Not Done Yet     447

Reference List     449

Index     465