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Scrum For Dummies by Mark C. Layton

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Chapter 2

The First Steps

In This Chapter

arrow Quantifying the benefits of scrum

arrow Structuring the product owner role

arrow Creating your product vision

arrow Implementing the scrum master role

arrow Following common practices

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

— Parkinson’s Law

Understanding scrum is simple in concept yet often difficult in application. Changing 70 years of product development paradigm is going to be challenging. Still, 30–40 percent time-to-market increase and 30–70 percent cost savings are realistic. Jeff Sutherland has documented 1,000 percent performance improvements by using scrum. Given that potential, it’s worth it to disrupt your comfort zone, and start dealing with the organizational dysfunctions that are holding you back.

If the number-one trend in IT is converting to scrum and associated agile engineering approaches (such as eXtreme Programming), it is possible for your organization to make the transition. Many companies are doing it and doing it ...

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