This is the definitive, realistic, actionable guide to starting fast with Scrum and agile and then succeeding over the long haul. Leading agile consultant and practitioner Mike Cohn presents detailed recommendations, powerful tips, and real-world case studies drawn from his unparalleled experience helping hundreds of software organizations make Scrum and agile work.
Succeeding with Agile is for pragmatic software professionals who want real answers to the most difficult challenges they face in implementing Scrum. Cohn covers every facet of the transition: getting started, helping individuals transition to the new roles, structuring teams, scaling up, working with a distributed team, and finally, implementing effective metrics and continuous improvement.
Throughout, Cohn presents "Things to Try Now" sections based on his most successful advice. Complementary "Objection" sections reproduce typical conversations with those resisting change and offer practical guidance for addressing their concerns. Coverage includes
Practical ways to get started immediately and "get good" fast
Overcoming individual resistence to the changes Scrum requires
Staffing Scrum projects and building effective teams
Establishing "improvement communities" of people who are passionate about driving change
Choosing which agile technical practice to use or experiment with
Leading self-organizing teams
Making the most of Scrum sprints, planning, and quality techniques
Scaling Scrum to distributed, multiteam projects
Using Scrum on projects with complex sequential processes or challengin compliance and governance requirements
Understanding Scrum's impact on HR, facilities, and project management
Whether you've completed a few sprints or multiple agile projects and whatever your role manager, developer, coach, ScrumMaster, product owner, analyst, team lead, or project lead this book will help you succeed with your very next project. Then, it will help you go much further: It will help you transform your entire development organization.