Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners by Ilan Goldstein

"Ilan has been there and done that. His tips come from his experience as a ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Trainer. His shortcuts all come from routes he’s traveled. They’re practical, not theoretical.

Further, I like that he’s not afraid to take a stand."

Mike CohnMike Cohn
Co-founder of the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance
Author of Succeeding with Agile

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

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Chapter 1 – Scrum Startup

Shortcut 1: Scrum on the Pitch
Shortcut 2: Fragile Agile
Shortcut 3: Creative Comfort
Wrap Up

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Chapter 2 – Attitudes and Abilities

Shortcut 4: Masterful ScrumMaster
Shortcut 5: Rock Stars or Studio Musicians?
Shortcut 6: Picking Your Team Line-Up
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Chapter 3 – Planning and Protecting

Shortcut 7: Setting the Scrum Stage
Shortcut 8: Plan the Sprint, Sprint the Plan
Shortcut 9: Incriminating Impediments
Wrap Up

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Chapter 4 – Requirement Refinement

Shortcut 10: Structuring Stories
Shortcut 11: Developing the Definition of Done
Shortcut 12: Progressive Revelations
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Chapter 5 – Establishing Estimates

Shortcut 13: Relating to Estimating
Shortcut 14: Planning Poker at Pace
Shortcut 15: Transitioning Relatively
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Chapter 6 – Questioning Quality

Shortcut 16: Bah! Scrum Bug!
Shortcut 17: We Still Love the Testers!
Shortcut 18: Automation Nation
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Chapter – 7 Monitoring and Metrics

Shortcut 19: Metrics That Matter
Shortcut 20: Outstanding Stand-Ups
Shortcut 21: Taming the Task Board
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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
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Chapter 9 Managing the Managers

Shortcut 25: Perception Is Reality
Shortcut 26: Our Lords and Masters
Shortcut 27: Morphing Managers in the Matrix
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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

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