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Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners: Agile Tactics, Tools, & Tips

Book Description

Practical, Step-by-Step Scrum Techniques for Improving Processes, Actions, and Outcomes

The widespread adoption and success of Scrum can be attributed in large part to its perceived intuitiveness and simplicity. But when new Scrum practitioners attempt to apply Scrum theory and high-level approaches in actual projects, they often find it surprisingly difficult. In Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners, Scrum expert Ilan Goldstein helps you translate the Scrum framework into reality to meet the Scrum challenges your formal training never warned you about.

Drawing on his extensive agile experience in a wide range of projects and environments, Goldstein presents thirty proven, flexible shortcuts for optimizing Scrum processes, actions, and outcomes. Each shortcut walks you through applying a Scrum approach to achieve a tangible output. These easy-to-digest, actionable patterns address a broad range of topics including getting started, quality and metrics, team members and roles, managing stakeholders, estimation, continuous improvement and much more.

Whatever your role, Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners will help you take your Scrum skills to the next level and achieve better results in any project you participate in.

Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Praise for Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners
  5. Dedication Page
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Preface
    1. Why Did I Write This Book?
    2. How to Use This Book
    3. My Goals
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About the Author
  11. Chapter 1. Scrum Startup
    1. Shortcut 1: Scrum on the Pitch
    2. Shortcut 2: Fragile Agile
    3. Shortcut 3: Creative Comfort
    4. Wrap Up
  12. Chapter 2. Attitudes and Abilities
    1. Shortcut 4: Masterful ScrumMaster
    2. Shortcut 5: Rock Stars or Studio Musicians?
    3. Shortcut 6: Picking Your Team Line-Up
    4. Wrap Up
  13. Chapter 3. Planning and Protecting
    1. Shortcut 7: Setting the Scrum Stage
    2. Shortcut 8: Plan the Sprint, Sprint the Plan
    3. Shortcut 9: Incriminating Impediments
    4. Wrap Up
  14. Chapter 4. Requirement Refinement
    1. Shortcut 10: Structuring Stories
    2. Shortcut 11: Developing the Definition of Done
    3. Shortcut 12: Progressive Revelations
    4. Wrap Up
  15. Chapter 5. Establishing Estimates
    1. Shortcut 13: Relating to Estimating
    2. Shortcut 14: Planning Poker at Pace
    3. Shortcut 15: Transitioning Relatively
    4. Wrap Up
  16. Chapter 6. Questioning Quality
    1. Shortcut 16: Bah! Scrum Bug!
    2. Shortcut 17: We Still Love the Testers!
    3. Shortcut 18: Automation Nation
    4. Wrap Up
  17. Chapter 7. Monitoring and Metrics
    1. Shortcut 19: Metrics That Matter
    2. Shortcut 20: Outstanding Stand-Ups
    3. Shortcut 21: Taming the Task Board
    4. Wrap Up
  18. Chapter 8. Retros, Reviews, and Risks
    1. Shortcut 22: To-Dos for Your Sprint Reviews
    2. Shortcut 23: Retrospective Irrespective
    3. Shortcut 24: Risk Takers and Mistake Makers
    4. Wrap Up
  19. Chapter 9. Managing the Managers
    1. Shortcut 25: Perception Is Reality
    2. Shortcut 26: Our Lords and Masters
    3. Shortcut 27: Morphing Managers in the Matrix
    4. Wrap Up
  20. Chapter 10. Larger Lessons
    1. Shortcut 28: Scrum Rollout Reckoning
    2. Shortcut 29: Eyes on the Prize
    3. Shortcut 30: Shortcut to the Final Level
    4. Final Wrap Up
  21. References
  22. Index