Arguably the most important book about managing technology and systems development efforts, this book describes building systems using the deceptively simple process, Scrum. Readers will come to understand a new approach to systems development projects that cuts through the complexity and ambiguity of complex, emergent requirements and unstable technology to iteratively and quickly produce quality software. BENEFITS Learn how to immediately start producing software incrementally regardless of existing engineering practices or methodologies Learn how to simplify the implementation of Agile processes Learn how to simplify XP implementation through a Scrum wrapper Learn why Agile processes work and how to manage them Understand the theoretical underpinnings of Agile processes
The rules and practices for Scrum—a simple process for managing complex projects—are few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itself—its lack of prescription—can be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results. In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessons—the successes and failures—culled from his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management. Through them, you’ll understand how to use Scrum to solve complex problems and drive better results—delivering more valuable software faster. Gain the foundation in Scrum theory—and practice—you need to: Rein in even the most complex, unwieldy projects Effectively manage unknown or changing product requirements Simplify the chain of command with self-managing development teams Receive clearer specifications—and feedback—from customers Greatly reduce project planning time and required tools Build—and release—products in 30-day cycles so clients get deliverables earlier Avoid missteps by regularly inspecting, reporting on, and fine-tuning projects Support multiple teams working on a large-scale project from many geographic locations Maximize return on investment!
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SCRUM IN ACTION: AGILE SOFTWARE PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT is a practical how-to guide for software project teams on how to successfully deploy an Agile software framework with Scrum. It is clearly and concisely written and is the first practical
Scrum is a totally new way to come up with high quality projects. Scrum is defined as a network made of strategic, agile and flexible development techniques used by teams in software projects or products. However with the flexibility of Scrum it may also be used to improve project output in an actual setting. It may be adapted to so many different applications: at school, in business, in company projects and in community projects.
Scrum is an agile way to manage a project, usually software development. Agile software development with Scrum is often perceived as a methodology; but rather than viewing Scrum as methodology, think of it as a framework for managing a process. What is Scrum? In the agile Scrum world, instead of providing complete, detailed descriptions of how everything is to be done on a project, much of it is left up to the Scrum software development team. This is because the team will know best how to solve the problem they are presented. This is why in Scrum development, for example, a sprint planning meeting is described in terms of the desired outcome (a commitment to a set of features to be developed in the next sprint) instead of a set of Entry criteria, Task definitions, Validation criteria, Exit criteria (ETVX) and so on, as would be provided in most methodologies. Scrum relies on a self-organizing, cross-functional team. The scrum team is self-organizing in that there is no overall team leader who decides which person will do which task or how a problem will be solved. Those are issues that are decided by the team as a whole. And in Scrum, a team is cross functional, meaning everyone is needed to take a feature from idea to implementation. Within agile development, Scrum teams are supported by two specific roles. The first is a ScrumMaster, who can be thought of as a coach for the team, helping team members use the Scrum process to perform at the highest level. For information Click on BUY BUTTON
Enterprise-Scale Agile Software Development is the collective sum of knowledge accumulated during the full-scale transition of a 1400-person organization to agile development—considered the largest implementation of agile development and Scrum ever attempted anywhere in the world. Now James Schiel, a certified Scrum trainer and member of the Scrum Alliance, draws from his experience at the helm of that global four-year project to guide you and your organization through the transition. He lends his insight on how you can use Scrum as an organizational framework and implement XP practices to define how software is written and tested. He provides key information and tools to assess potential outcomes and then make the best corresponding choices in any given situation. Schiel sequences chapters to match typical developmental progression, and in addition to practical guidance, he provides a tool kit from which you can take ideas and select what works for you. Covering quality development practices based on ISO 9001, which help you create consistently high-quality software in a cost-efficient manner, this invaluable resource shows you how to— Improve project management practices and product quality assurance Adopt new management methods and requirements Involve your current customers in development, while inviting new ones Much more than a mere "body of knowledge," this volume goes beyond standardizing agile and Scrum practices. It breaks up the process into manageable tasks, illustrating how to set the stage for the change, plan it, and then initiate it. Using the methods and information presented, any organization should be able to achieve a nearly seamless transition to agile.
These days, more and more software development projects are being carried out using agile methods like Scrum. Agile software development promises higher software quality, a shorter time to market, and improved focus on customer needs. However, the transition to working within an agile methodology is not easy. Familiar processes and procedures change drastically. Software testing and software quality assurance have a crucial role in ensuring that a software development team, department, or company successfully implements long-term agile development methods and benefits from this framework. This book discusses agile methodology from the perspective of software testing and software quality assurance management. Software development managers, project managers, and quality assurance managers will obtain tips and tricks on how to organize testing and assure quality so that agile projects maintain their impact. Professional certified testers and software quality assurance experts will learn how to work successfully within agile software teams and how best to integrate their expertise. Topics include: Agile methodology and classic process models How to plan an agile project Unit tests and test first approach Integration testing and continuous integration System testing and test nonstop Quality management and quality assurance Also included are five case studies from the manufacturing, online-trade, and software industry as well as test exercises for self-assessment. This book covers the new ISTQB Syllabus for Agile Software Testing and is a relevant resource for all students and trainees worldwide who plan to undertake this ISTQB certification.
It’s time to extend the benefits of Scrum—greater agility, higher-quality products, and lower costs—from individual teams to your entire enterprise. However, with Scrum’s lack of prescribed rules, the friction of change can be challenging as people struggle to break from old project management habits. In this book, agile-process revolution leader Ken Schwaber takes you through change management—for your organizational and interpersonal processes—explaining how to successfully adopt Scrum across your entire organization. A cofounder of Scrum, Ken draws from decades of experience, answering your questions through case studies of proven practices and processes. With them, you’ll learn how to adopt—and adapt—Scrum in the enterprise. And gain profound levels of transparency into your development processes. Discover how to: Evaluate the benefits of adopting Scrum in any size organization Initiate an enterprise transition project Implement a single, prioritized Product Backlog Organize effective Scrum teams using a top-down approach Adapt and apply solutions for integrating engineering practices across multiple teams Shorten release times by managing high-value increments Refine your Scrum practices and help reduce the length of Sprints
The #1 guide to using Visual Studio 2010 in team development: insider coverage of this huge release, from the leader of the VSTS team * *Focuses on succeeding with new VS 2010 ALM products in real-world environments, with exclusive 'Lessons Learned at Microsoft'. *Thoroughly covers VS 2010's massive new capabilities for team development. *Contains extensive new coverage of implementing Scrum and related practices. *Covers the entire lifecycle: requirements, architecture, construction, build, test, and more This is the most practical, valuable guide for every member of the software team who intends to run or participate in software projects using Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010. Written by a top Microsoft Visual Studio development team leader and a leading Visual Studio implementation consultant, it focuses on the real challenges development organizations face. The authors identify powerful lessons and best practices learned at Microsoft, and cover the entire development lifecycle, from requirements gathering through testing and beyond. This edition adds extensive coverage of VS 2010's extensive new team features, as well as new coverage of using VS 2010 to actively support teams that practice Scrum. Throughout, the authors focus on showing how to use VS 2010 to reduce waste, increase transparency, and accelerate the flow of value to the end customer. Coverage includes: * *Requirements: vision, user stories, use cases, storyboards, satisfiers/dissatisfiers, and more *Running the project: self-managing teams, metrics, sprints, and dashboards *'Value-up' views of software architecture, construction, and testing. *Build and lab: check-in, team build, continuous integration, build verification tests, reporting, deployment, and lab automation/virtualization. *Troubleshooting the project: overcoming issues ranging from scope creep to build failures
Software Development is moving towards a more agile and more flexible approach. It turns out that the traditional "waterfall" model is not supportive in an environment where technical, financial and strategic constraints are changing almost every day. But what is agility? What are today’s major approaches? And especially: What is the impact of agile development principles on the development teams, on project management and on software architects? How can large enterprises become more agile and improve their business processes, which have been existing since many, many years? What are the limitations of Agility? And what is the right balance between reliable structures and flexibility? This book will give answers to these questions. A strong emphasis will be on real life project examples, which describe how development teams have moved from a waterfall model towards an Agile Software Development approach.
Examining the questions most commonly asked by students attending Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) classes, The ScrumMaster Study Guide provides an accessible introduction to the concepts of Scrum and agile development. It compiles the insights gained by the author in teaching more than 100 CSM classes and countless seminars. Describing how to sell agile development to upper management and customers, the book illustrates real-world implementation of agile development, addressing the roles and responsibilities of each team member as well as some of the things that can go wrong in an implementation. Focuses on running Scrum projects in an agile environment Covers agile development, team building, and transitioning to Scrum and agile Explains how to adapt Scrum and agile to your work environment Describes how to measure individual and team productivity Illustrates the functions of a Scrum team on a day-to-day basis This book is intended for newly minted ScrumMasters, product owners, and students about to attend a CSM or CSPO class as well as developers and managers who want to sharpen their skills. Scrum is a simple framework and agile development is simply a concept; successful implementation requires more than just the training you can get in a CSM class or a workshop. Helping you understand key aspects of agile development and Scrum that might have previously been difficult to comprehend, this book is the ideal starting point for finding the answers you need for agile software development in your organization.
Traditional software development methods struggle to keep pace with the accelerated pace and rapid change of Internet-era development. Several "agile methodologies" have been developed in response -- and these approaches to software development are showing exceptional promise. In this book, Jim Highsmith covers them all -- showing what they have in common, where they differ, and how to choose and customize the best agile approach for your needs.KEY TOPICS:Highsmith begins by introducing the values and principles shared by virtually all agile software development methods. He presents detailed case studies from organizations that have used them, as well as interviews with each method's principal authors or leading practitioners. Next, he takes a closer look at the key features and techniques associated with each major Agile approach: Extreme Programming (XP), Crystal Methods, Scrum, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), Lean Development, Adaptive Software Development (ASD), and Feature-Driven Development (FDD). In Part III, Highsmith offers practical advice on customizing the optimal agile discipline for your own organization.MARKET:For all software developers, project managers, and other IT professionals seeking more flexible, effective approaches to developing software.
The Elements of Agile and Scrum in a Nutshell Whether you’re new to agile software development or considering Scrum for general project management, Scrum Basics compiles all of the essentials into one handy little guide. Learn how agile teams use Scrum, with: • A simple summary of agile project management basics like the Agile Manifesto and 12 Agile Principles • A concise overview of Scrum roles, artifacts, and activities • A well-organized breakdown of Scrum practices with helpful illustrations and advice • A troubleshooting FAQ and 5 case studies to help you visualize Scrum in action
Pro Agile .NET Development with SCRUM guides you through a real-world ASP.NET project and shows how agile methodology is put into practice. There is plenty of literature on the theory behind agile methodologies, but no book on the market takes the concepts of agile practices and applies these in a practical manner to an end-to-end ASP.NET project, especially the estimating, requirements and management aspects of a project. Pro Agile .NET Development with SCRUM takes you through the initial stages of a project—gathering requirements and setting up an environment—through to the development and deployment stages using an agile iterative approach: namely, Scrum. In the book, you'll focus on delivering an enterprise-level ASP.NET project. Each chapter is in iterations or sprints, putting into practice the features of agile—user stories, test-driven development (TDD), behavior-driven development (BDD), continuous integration, user acceptance testing, extreme programming, Scrum, design patterns and principles, inside-out development, lean developent, KanBan boards, and more. An appendix features code katas designed for the reader to get up-to-speed with some of the features of extreme programming, while also showcasing popular open-source frameworks to assist in automated testing and mocking. In addition, popular open-source architectural foundation projects such as S#arp and NCommons are demonstrated to allow you to base future projects on these frameworks, which already have many best-practice design patterns and principles built in. What you’ll learn Gain practical knowledge on employing the Scrum project methodology using a real-world ASP.NET project See how extreme programming features in real world .NET projects Experience best practice-infused open-source frameworks that can be used to form the foundations of agile projects such as S#arp and NCommons Learn best-practice tools for user interface and user acceptance testing, such as Selenium and Fitnesse Discover details on how to capture requirements and drive development using user stories Learn how to estimate and plan agile projects and work with business stakeholders through a practical example Uncover tips for developing using the outside-in, TDD and BDD methodologies Gain information on tracking the progress of a project through burn down charts, iterations and retrospectives Who this book is for Experienced .NET developers who are looking to see how the Scrum agile project methodology and extreme programming features are employed in a real-world .NET application. Table of Contents The Art of Agile Development Managing Agile Projects with SCRUM Extreme Programming Sprint 0: Generating the Product Backlog Sprint 1: Starting a Game Sprint 2: Playing a Basic Game Sprint 3: Changing the Game Sprint 4: The Release Code Review What's Ahead for You and Scrum? Appendix A: TDD Primer with NUnit Appendix B: BDD Primer with SpecFlow Appendix C: Mocking with Moq Appendix D: Managing a Product Backlog with Pivotal Tracker Appendix E: Web Testing with WaitiN Appendix F: Source Control with SVN Appendix G: Continuous Integration wih Cruise Control .NET