Scrum’s success is based in large part on 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, leading Scrum expert, Ilan Goldstein helps you translate the Scrum framework into reality to meet the Scrum challenges that 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 shortcuts address a broad range of topics including getting started, quality and metrics, team members and roles, managing stakeholders, estimation, continuous improvement and much more! If you’ve struggled with it on a Scrum project, it’s likely Ilan has a shortcut to help you.
Whatever your role, Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners will help you take your Scrum skills and expertise to the next level and to achieve better results in every Scrum project you participate in.
Foreword, Preface, Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 – Scrum Startup
Shortcut 1: Scrum on the Pitch
Shortcut 2: Fragile Agile
Shortcut 3: Creative Comfort
Chapter 2 – Attitudes and Abilities
Shortcut 4: Masterful ScrumMaster
Shortcut 5: Rock Stars or Studio Musicians?
Shortcut 6: Picking Your Team Line-Up
Chapter 3 – Planning and Protecting
Shortcut 7: Setting the Scrum Stage
Shortcut 8: Plan the Sprint, Sprint the Plan
Shortcut 9: Incriminating Impediments
Chapter 4 – Requirement Refinement
Shortcut 10: Structuring Stories
Shortcut 11: Developing the Definition of Done
Shortcut 12: Progressive Revelations
Chapter 5 – Establishing Estimates
Shortcut 13: Relating to Estimating
Shortcut 14: Planning Poker at Pace
Shortcut 15: Transitioning Relatively
Chapter 6 – Questioning Quality
Shortcut 16: Bah! Scrum Bug!
Shortcut 17: We Still Love the Testers!
Shortcut 18: Automation Nation
Chapter – 7 Monitoring and Metrics
Shortcut 19: Metrics That Matter
Shortcut 20: Outstanding Stand-Ups
Shortcut 21: Taming the Task Board
Chapter 8 – Retros, Reviews, and Risks
Shortcut 22: To-Dos for Your Sprint Reviews
Shortcut 23: Retrospective Irrespective
Shortcut 24: Risk Takers and Mistake Makers
Chapter 9 Managing the Managers
Shortcut 25: Perception Is Reality
Shortcut 26: Our Lords and Masters
Shortcut 27: Morphing Managers in the Matrix
Chapter 10 Larger Lessons
Shortcut 28: Scrum Rollout Reckoning
Shortcut 29: Eyes on the Prize
Shortcut 30: Shortcut to the Final Level
Final Wrap Up