Scrum QuickStart Guide – A Book Review

Scrum QuickStart Guide: A Simplified Beginner’s Guide To Mastering Scrum is a good introduction to the Scrum method of project management. It introduces the reader to the principles and philosophies of the methodology. The book also include some tools, techniques, tips and tricks that are used in Scrum in order for the team to achieve their project goal of a successful delivery. It aims to provide the reader with a general knowledge of Scrum in order to help them start on a more in-depth involvement should they decide to implement the methodology within their organization or team.

Book Details

Scrum QuickStart Guide is a slim book that measures 6 inches wide, 0.2 inch thick, and 9 inches tall. Shipping weight is about 6.4 ounces. The book contains 92 pages and 10 chapters. It is available in paperback and Kindle formats. Publication of the book was in October 2014, by CreateSpace Independent Publishing in English. This is the first edition of the book. ISBN-10: 1502771403; ISBN-13: 978-1502771407

Price

$11.99 for the paperback version and $2.99 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

Scrum QuickStart Guide is ideal for IT students and professionals, although non-IT people may also find it helpful. The book is basically for those who want to be familiar with the Scrum methodology of project management. It is also a reference for experienced project professionals who are familiar with traditional ‘waterfall’ methods and would like to check out other PM methods.

What Customers Say

Walter A. (Amazon) stated that he found the good number of examples and case management studies included in Scrum QuickStart Guide very helpful. It also covered some common pitfalls to avoid. He recommends the book for both small and large businesses. The table of contents is laid out clearly in helping the reader navigate the information inside the book.

GG C. (Amazon) described it as a good book to read before deciding to enter the field of software development. The description of Scrum and the language used in the book is better compared to other reference media. Usually, other references contain a great number of technical jargon that makes it difficult to understand.

Nicolas K (Amazon) stated that the content of the book is good. However, he is disappointed due to the lack of visual aids available. For someone who needs to see graphics to reinforce the concepts being relayed, this book does not have enough of it.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: Scrum QuickStart Guide contains 92 pages divided into an introduction, 10 chapters, and a Conclusion. The first 2 chapters discuss agile project management and methodologies. Chapters 3 and 4 focus on Scrum strategy and tactics, including sprints. The next two chapters discuss staff and operational implications. The last chapters provide 3 case studies and additional resources.
Approach/Tone: The author discusses general principles first before going to more specific ideas. For example, agile is discussed first before going to the specifics of Scrum. Also, there are no comparisons of methodologies made, such as Waterfall vs Scrum. The Scrum methodology is presented as one of the many options that can be used, depending on the appropriateness of situation or type of business operation.
Style: The language used is easy to understand, without many technical terms or industry jargons. However, visual aids that can help relay or reinforce ideas or concepts are also few.

Why Buy the Book

Scrum QuickStart Guide is a good introduction for those who want to be familiar with different agile methodologies for project management. This reference provides a good outline and can help readers decide if they want to know more about Scrum. As the title states, it is simplified and does not provide in-depth discussion. Some readers noticed several typographic errors that distracted them, but overall, the text can provide enough information for readers to decide if they should look at Scrum more closely as an option for their organization to implement.

Author

Ed Stark is an author and contributor for ClydeBank Media LLC. ClydeBank is an independent multi-media publishing company based in Albany, NY, USA. It is composed of a small team of researchers, writers, editors and designers. They provide affordable, accurate, high quality and beginner-friendly simplified learning content in the subjects of business, finance, investing, technology, programming, recreation and alternative titles.

$11.99 for the paperback version and $2.99 for the Kindle version

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

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