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Scrum For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-90575-3
408 pages
April 2015
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Practice an agile form of management to stop wasting time and money

Scrum For Dummies is an easy to use guide to managing the tricky transition from a traditional project management methodology to the new and most popular agile framework. As the most efficient, successful methodology for team project management, Scrum relies on transparency, flexibility, and fluidity to deliver a final product that fulfills the needs of all stakeholders. Written in easy-to-read Dummies style, this book walks you through the core principles of Scrum and provides a roadmap for tangible implementation.

The vast majority of projects go over budget, and billions of dollars are wasted every year on overruns. Put a stop to this wasteful leakage by switching to a management style that keeps all participants informed, up-to-date, and accountable. Authored by a Certified Scrum Trainer, Mark Layton, Scrum For Dummies covers the key ideas and processes behind Scrum methodologies, and presents the inner workings of the plan in an engaging and accessible format. Topics include:

  • The Scrum values, roles, artifacts, and activities that make up the principle of this methodology
  • When and how best to use Scrum
  • The differences between Scrum and other agile methodologies
  • Using Scrum for IT, finance, construction, health care, and more

The book also delves into the everyday use of Scrum, and how it can help you achieve your own personal goals outside of work. There's a reason why scrum is quickly becoming the standard approach to project management—it works! If you want to stop wasting time and start producing more effectively, Scrum For Dummies is the guide that will get you there.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Scrum 7

Chapter 1: The Basics of Scrum 9

Part II: Running a Scrum Project 29

Chapter 2: The First Steps 31

Chapter 3: Planning Your Project 49

Chapter 4: The Talent and the Timing 69

Chapter 5: Release and Sprint Planning 89

Chapter 6: Getting the Most Out of Sprints 111

Part III: Scrum for Industry 131

Chapter 7: Software Development 133

Chapter 8: Tangible Goods Production 151

Chapter 9: Services 167

Chapter 10: Publishing 191

Part IV: Scrum for Business Functions 201

Chapter 11: IT Management and Operations 203

Chapter 12: Portfolio Management 221

Chapter 13: Human Resources and Finance 243

Chapter 14: Business Development 259

Chapter 15: Customer Service 275

Part V: Scrum for Everyday Life 287

Chapter 16: Dating and Family Life 289

Chapter 17: Scrum for Life Goals 311

Part VI: The Part of Tens 329

Chapter 18: Ten Steps to Transition to Scrum 331

Chapter 19: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid 343

Chapter 20: Ten Key Benefits of Scrum 347

Chapter 21: Ten Key Metrics for Scrum 355

Chapter 22: Ten Key Resources for Scrum 363

Index 367

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Author Information

Mark C. Layton, known globally as Mr. Agile, is an organizational strategist and PMI certification instructor with over 20 years experience in project, program and large-scale portfolio management. A former cryptographic specialist who focuses in cybersecurity, he is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force's Leadership School, the chair of the Los Angeles Agile Leadership Network and a Certified Scrum Trainer.

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