The Scrum Field Guide – A Book Review
The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year is designed to introduce organizations to the concepts and practices of Scrum methodology and give readers the skills to adopt and implement Scrum rapidly and successfully. Scrum is a style of project management that uses small groups working independently to generate productivity that has been recently adopted as one of the most popular project management styles for organizations. This book identifies common challenges associated with implementing Scrum as a new methodology for organizations, as well as guidelines for maintaining successful project management using Scrum.
The first paperback edition was published on January 29, 2012 by Addison-Wesley Professional. The book contains 416 pages. ISBN-10: 0321554159; ISBN-13: 978-0321554154.
This book targets organizations that are new to Scrum methods or are transitioning from a different project management method to Scrum. It is an ideal strategy for project managers to implement for their team, and would be recommended for a wide range of development companies to better organize projects and maintain successful productivity.
What Customers Say
The Scrum Field Guide’s quality is reflected by the customer reviews for the book. For example, Nicolas Grange says he would highly recommend this book to anyone implementing Scrum.
Emanuel Gabl exclaims that it gives practical advice by giving real life examples and another customer, Derek Lau, proclaims that the book itself was very easy to read.
For Bill Ramos, the key selling points for The Scrum Field Guide was the way it uses a refreshing technique for understanding why elements of the Scrum model are important, and the comprehensive style of writing that makes it easy to use for future reference.
Content, Approach, Style
This book is divided into four parts with several chapters in each part. There are 30 chapters in all, and each chapter includes a situational story with a model for creating solutions to the situation as well as tips and advice for extra success with the situation.
The author has written The Scrum Field Guide in a story-telling style that makes it engaging for customers and makes it easier to retain and process information in the book. He also uses models, personal advice and references to ensure the reader has a comprehensive understanding of Scrum methodology. Readers who are familiar with Scrum will find it refreshing to continue practising great Scrum methods and new readers won’t feel intimidated when they are trying to learn Scrum concepts and ideas.
Why Buy the Book
The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year is essential for organizations looking to start using Scrum methodology. It teaches the core structure of Scrum, but it also lays out the tools and tips for implementing, maintaining and continuing to use Scrum as a successful project management model.
Books that Complement
Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process by Kenneth S. Rubin gives a comprehensive and detailed look on the concepts and guidelines of Scrum project management that will enhance the experience of using Scrum methodology for development solutions.
Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber provides the key concepts and ideas that structure Scrum as a successful project management model. It is highly recommended for organizations that are new to Scrum, to better enhance the understanding of how Scrum works.
The author, Mitch Lacey, is the founder of Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc. which is a software consulting and training firm. He has more than 16 years of experience in agile project management and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), and a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP).