Succeeding with Agile Software Development Using Scrum : Mike Cohn

Indeed, the book, SUCCEEDING WITH Agile – Software Development Using Scrum is full of practical guidance for implementing Agile and Scrum in any organization.

Mike Cohn is one of the founders of Scrum Alliance and recognized contributors to the Scrum. He is an accomplished Agile and Scrum trainer. Being one of the pioneers of Scrum, Mike distinctly knows, how Scrum is useful in a present day’s corporate setup – the reason the book will not be just another book on Agile in the market rather it’s most useful for applying agile in your workplace in the real sense.

In five parts of different lengths, Mike gives you the tips and tricks for successful agile adoption in a very easy-going way. The all five parts make sure that you’ll be going successively through the phases of preparedness for Agile adoption, collaboration and communication, team dynamics and planning, organizational development and scaling scrum throughout, and finally how far you have come and done.

If you go through the length and breadth of every part, then you will get certain essential takeaways that would suffice for you to excel in your career journey.

Part I : Getting Started

The realistic view of why becoming Agile is a tough job yet worthy of being. Actually, this is where every ‘would be’ Agilist stumble upon in the endeavor for excellence through Agile adoption. The nuances of transitioning to Scrum have been perfectly unfolded in this part along with considerable space for adapting to and adopting scrum and the various pattern therein, Mike’s own organizational change model, et al. This part is primarily helpful for the Scrum Masters and Coaches in their early stages.

Part II : Individuals

This part is all about individuals, their endeavor to become Agile, overcoming obstacles due to appear while opting for change. Mike also fairly explains the new and traditional team roles and the whole changed perspectives. Also, the technical practices described reasonably with a marked shift of focussed audience from managerial level to developmental roles.

Part III : Teams

Efficient and competent teams are critical to the sustainable organizational growth. Part III goes extensively though team dynamic. A team structure, project handling and collaboration, teamwork, self-organizing for effectively accomplishing tasks, work backlog, sprints, planning, quality affairs and lots more. Learn from this part how to plan, collaborate, communicate and execute to deliver the awesome product and services.

Part IV : The Organization

To be in tune with the flow of the book, the author makes you roam through organizational developmental aspects such as scaling scrum across the organization, team distribution in a coherent manner, mixing of Scrum with other traditional work-approaches, human resources, and PMO. As you have dived through earlier three parts, you would surely have a fair idea of adopting Agile in project development.

Part V : Next Steps

The Assessment and analysis, what this part does present you. Now, hereby, you can do self-analysis - how far you have come all through these learning phases.

Finally, the book promotes Scrum and agile methodology in their true sense. Additionally, there you will find some boxes with headings – ‘THINGS TO TRY NOW’ and ‘OBJECTION’ which give practical recommendations and possible or actual obstacles and the way to handle them respectively.

Person Avadhut Desai

10th September 2018

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