As Sutherland explains, this process requires “thought, introspection, honesty, and discipline.” …[He] makes a convincing case for this thoughtful way of working.
The beauty of Scrum is that its principles and strategies can be applied in whole or in part to organize, plan and carry out any project, from implementing a new software program to planning an event or scaling up a young enterprise.
He concludes with a review of the Scrum work process, which is being used to address entrenched human problems in poverty, education, and government. This is an excellent book.
Think of it this way: If you make the most exquisite embroidered pillow in the world but it takes 37 years, did you succeed in making a gift for your mother’s birthday?
The Power of Scrum
The Power of Scrum tells the inspiring story of Mark Resting, CTO of a software company struggling with a major client and a project with more problems than solutions and a marriage in crisis. But, when he meets Jerry, a West-coast expert in Scrum, light at the end of the tunnel begins to appear, Mark begins to reluctantly hope things will work out.
The road is bumpy, but Jerry skillfully brings Mark’s developers from a world of project crisis into a revolutionary approach that can save the day. Authors Jeff Sutherland, Rini van Solinger, and Eelco Rustenburg have written a fictional narrative that masterfully weaves a compelling human story around the teaching moments of a software, project management how-to, and in the process tell an engaging story of personal growth and triumph, while demonstrating the power of a revolutionary and mission-critical approach to project management.
The Power of Scrum is a must read for project managers, software developers, and product developers, as well as for anyone who loves a great story well told.
Software in 30 Days:
How Agile Managers Beat the Odds, Delight Their Customers, And Leave Competitors In The Dust
Software in 30 Days summarizes the Agile and Scrum software development method, which allows creation of game-changing software, in just 30 days. Projects that use it are three times more successful than those that don’t. Software in 30 Days is for the business manager, the entrepreneur, the product development manager, or IT manager who wants to develop software better and faster than they now believe possible. Learn how this unorthodox process works, how to get started, and how to succeed. Control risk, manage projects, and have your people succeed with simple but profound shifts in the thinking.
The authors explain powerful concepts such as the art of the possible, bottom-up intelligence, and why it’s good to fail early—all with no risk greater than thirty days.
- The productivity gain vs traditional “waterfall” methods has been over 100% on many projects
- Author Ken Schwaber is a co-founder of the Agile software movement, and co-creator, with Jeff Sutherland, of the “Scrum” technique for building software in 30 days
- Coauthor Jeff Sutherland was cosigner of the Agile Manifesto, which marked the start of the Agile movement
Software in 30 Days is a must-read for all managers and business owners who use software in their organizations or in their products and want to stop the cycle of slow, expensive software development. Programmers will want to buy copies for their managers and their customers so they will know how to collaborate to get the best work possible.