97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know

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Improve your understanding of Scrum through the proven experience and collected wisdom of experts around the world. Based on real-life experiences, the 97 essays in this unique book provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise from established practitioners who have dealt with specific problems and challenges with Scrum.

You’ll find out more about the rules and roles of this framework, as well as tactics, strategies, specific patterns to use with Scrum, and stories from the trenches. You’ll also gain insights on how to apply, tune, and tweak Scrum for your work. This guide is an ideal resource for people new to Scrum and those who want to assess and improve their understanding of this framework.

  • "Scrum Is Simple. Just Use It As Is.," Ken Schwaber
  • "The 'Standing Meeting,'" Bob Warfield
  • “Specialization Is for Insects,” James O. Coplien
  • "Scrum Events Are Rituals to Ensure Good Harvest," Jasper Lamers
  • “Servant Leadership Starts from Within,” Bob Galen
  • "Agile Is More than Sprinting," James W. Grenning

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Table of Contents

  1. Preface
    1. How This Book Is Organized
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. O’Reilly Online Learning
    4. How to Contact Us
  2. I. Start, Adopt, Repeat
  3. 1. Five Things Nobody Tells You About Scrum
    1. Marc Loeffler
  4. 2. Mindset Matters Much More Than Practices
    1. Gil Broza
  5. 3. Actually, It’s Not Really About Scrum
    1. Stacia Viscardi
  6. 4. Scrum Is Simple. Just Use It As Is.
    1. Ken Schwaber
  7. 5. Start with the Why of Your Scrum
    1. Peter Goetz & Uwe Schirmer
  8. 6. Adopt Before You Adapt
    1. Steve Berczuk
  9. 7. Regularly Revert to the Simplest Thing That Might Work
    1. Todd Miller
  10. 8. Will Scrum Work for Multi-Location Development?
    1. Pete Deemer
  11. 9. Know the Difference Between Multiple Scrum Teams and Multi-Team Scrum
    1. Markus Gaertner
  12. 10. What Will You Define as “Done”?
    1. Gunther Verheyen
  13. 11. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Using Scrum
    1. Simon Reindl
  14. II. Products Deliver Value
  15. 12. Successful Projects That...Fail
    1. Ralph Jocham & Don McGreal
  16. 13. Answer This Question: “What Is Your Product?”
    1. Ellen Gottesdiener
  17. 14. Scrum: Giving the Steering Wheel Back to Business
    1. Rafael Sabbagh
  18. 15. Beware the Product Management Vacuum
    1. Ralph Jocham & Don McGreal
  19. 16. Scaling Scrum to the Entire Organization with the Flow Framework
    1. Mik Kersten
  20. 17. Put Business Value Front and Center
    1. Alan O’Callaghan
  21. 18. Product Owner, Not an Information Barrier
    1. Markus Gaertner
  22. 19. Mastering the Art of “No” to Maximize Value
    1. Willem Vermaak & Robbin Schuurman
  23. 20. Communicating Prioritized Requirements Through the Product Backlog
    1. James O. Coplien
  24. 21. Why There Are No User Stories at the Top of Your Product Backlog
    1. James O. Coplien
  25. 22. Mind Your Outcomes. Pay Attention to Value.
    1. Jeff Patton
  26. III. Collaboration Is Key
  27. 23. Is There Anything to Learn from Football Hooligans?
    1. Jasper Lamers
  28. 24. And Then a Miracle Occurs
    1. Konstantin Razumovsky
  29. 25. Put Customer Focus at the Top of Your Decision-Making Stack
    1. Mitch Lacey
  30. 26. Is Your Team Working as a Team?
    1. Rich Hundhausen
  31. 27. “That’s Not My Job!”
    1. Markus Gaertner
  32. 28. Specialization Is for Insects
    1. James O. Coplien
  33. 29. Digital Tools Considered Harmful: Sprint Backlog
    1. Bas Vodde
  34. 30. Digital Tools Considered Harmful: Jira
    1. Bas Vodde
  35. 31. The Vicious Effects of Managing for Utilization
    1. Daniel Heinen & Konstantin Ribel
  36. 32. Becoming a Radiating Team
    1. Len Lagestee
  37. IV. Development Is Multifaceted Work
  38. 33. Agile Is More Than Sprinting
    1. James W. Grenning
  39. 34. Patricia’s Product Management Predicament
    1. Chris Lukassen
  40. 35. The Five Stages of Product Backlog Item Sizing
    1. Len Lagestee
  41. 36. Three Common Misconceptions About User Stories
    1. Marcus Raitner
  42. 37. Introducing Abuser Stories
    1. Judy Neher
  43. 38. What’s in Your Sprint Plan?
    1. Rich Hundhausen
  44. 39. Sprint Backlogs Deserve a Life Beyond Your Electronic Tool
    1. Mark Levison
  45. 40. Testing Is a Team Sport
    1. Lisa Crispin
  46. 41. Rethinking Bugs
    1. Rich Hundhausen
  47. 42. Product Backlog Refinement Is an Important Team Activity
    1. Anu Smalley
  48. 43. Automating Agility
    1. David Starr
  49. 44. The Evergreen Tree
    1. Jesse Houwing
  50. V. Events, Not Meetings
  51. 45. Sprints Are for Progress, Not to Become the New Treadmill
    1. Jutta Eckstein
  52. 46. How to Have an Effective Sprint Planning
    1. Luis Gonçalves
  53. 47. Sprint Goals Provide Purpose (Beyond Merely Completing Work Lists)
    1. Mark Levison
  54. 48. Sprint Goals: The Forgotten Keys of Scrum
    1. Ralph Jocham & Don McGreal
  55. 49. The Daily Scrum Is the Developers’ Agile Heartbeat
    1. James O. Coplien
  56. 50. The Sprint Review Is Not a Phase-Gate
    1. Dave West
  57. 51. The Purpose of Sprint Review Is to Gather Feedback—Period
    1. Rafael Sabbagh
  58. 52. A Demo Is Not Enough—Go and Deploy for Better Feedback
    1. Sanjay Saini
  59. 53. Have Sprint Retrospectives and Structure Them
    1. Steve Berczuk
  60. 54. The Most Important Thing Isn’t What You Think It Is
    1. Bob Hartman
  61. VI. Mastery Does Matter
  62. 55. Understanding the Scrum Master Role
    1. Luis Gonçalves
  63. 56. How I Learned That It’s Not About Me, the Scrum Master
    1. Ryan Ripley
  64. 57. Servant-Leadership Starts from Within
    1. Bob Galen
  65. 58. The Court Jester at the Touchline
    1. Marcus Raitner
  66. 59. The Scrum Master as Coach
    1. Geoff Watts
  67. 60. The Scrum Master as a Technical Coach
    1. Bas Vodde
  68. 61. Scrum Master, Not Impediment Hunter
    1. Derek Davidson
  69. 62. Anatomy of an Impediment
    1. Len Lagestee
  70. 63. The Scrum Master’s Most Important Tool
    1. Stephanie Ockerman
  71. 64. When in Trouble...Break Glass!
    1. Bob Galen
  72. 65. Actively Doing Nothing (Is Actually Hard Work)
    1. Bas Vodde
  73. 66. Guiding Scrum Masters on Their Never-Ending Journey with the #ScrumMasterWay Concept
    1. Zuzi Šochová
  74. VII. People, All Too Human
  75. 67. Teams Are More Than Collections of Technical Skills
    1. Uwe Schirmer
  76. 68. Are People Impediments?
    1. Bob Galen
  77. 69. How Human Nature Overcomplicates What Is Already Complex
    1. Stijn Decneut
  78. 70. How to Design Your Scrum for A-ha! Moments
    1. Stijn Decneut
  79. 71. Use Brain Science to Make Your Scrum Events Stick
    1. Evelien Acun-Roos
  80. 72. The Power of Standing Up
    1. Linda Rising
  81. 73. The Effects of Working from Home
    1. Daniel James Gullo
  82. 74. The Gentle Way of Change
    1. Chris Lukassen
  83. VIII. Values Drive Behavior
  84. 75. Scrum Is More About Behavior Than It Is About Process
    1. Gunther Verheyen
  85. 76. What It Means to Self-Organize
    1. Michael K. Spayd
  86. 77. Treating Defects as Treasures (the Value of Openness)
    1. Jorgen Hesselberg
  87. 78. “That Won’t Work Here!”
    1. Derek Davidson
  88. 79. Five Sublime Aspects for Being a More Humane Scrum Master
    1. Hiren Doshi
  89. 80. The Sixth Scrum Value
    1. Derek Davidson
  90. IX. Organizational Design
  91. 81. Agile Leadership and Culture Design
    1. Ron Eringa
  92. 82. Scrum Is “Agile Leadership”
    1. Andreas Schliep & Peter Beck
  93. 83. Scrum Is Also About Improving the Organization
    1. Kurt Bittner
  94. 84. Networks and Respect
    1. Paul Oldfield
  95. 85. The Power of Play in a Safe (but Not Too Safe) Environment
    1. Jasper Lamers
  96. 86. The Trinity of Agile Leadership
    1. Marcus Raitner
  97. 87. The “MetaScrum” Pattern to Drive Agile Transformation
    1. Alan O’Callaghan
  98. 88. Scrum and Organizational Design in Practice
    1. Fabio Panzavolta
  99. 89. Thinking Big
    1. James O. Coplien
  100. X. Scrum Off Script
  101. 90. The Origins of Scrum Might Not Be What You Think They Are
    1. Rafael Sabbagh
  102. 91. The “Standing Meeting”
    1. Bob Warfield
  103. 92. Scrum: Problem-Solving and the Scientific Method in Practice
    1. Si Alhir
  104. 93. Scrum Events Are Rituals to Ensure Good Harvest
    1. Jasper Lamers
  105. 94. How We Used Scrum to Work with an External Agency
    1. Eric Naiburg
  106. 95. Scrum Applied in Police Work
    1. Sjoerd Kranendonk
  107. 96. Born to Be Agile: A Case for Scrum in the Classroom
    1. Arno Delhij
  108. 97. Agile in Education with eduScrum
    1. Willy Wijnands
  109. Contributors
  110. Scrum Glossary
  111. Index

Product Information

  • Title: 97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know
  • Author(s): Gunther Verheyen
  • Release date: April 2020
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781492073840