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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!

About the Author

Ken Schwaber codeveloped the Scrum process with Jeff Sutherland in the early 1990s to help organizations struggling with complex development projects. One of the signatories to the Agile Manifesto in 2001, he subsequently founded the AgileAlliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of agile software, and currently serves as its chairman of the board. A 30-year veteran of the software development industry, he teaches and speaks at numerous conferences, including OOPSLA and Software Development.

Agile Project Management with Scrum

Ken Schwaber


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Copyright ‚ 2004 by Ken Schwaber

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Schwaber, Ken.
Agile Project Management with Scrum / Ken Schwaber.
p. cm.
Includes index. ISBN 0-7356-1993-X
1. Computer software--Development. 2. Project management. 3. Scrum (Computer software development) I. Title.

QA76.76.D47S32 2003
005.1--dc22 2003065178

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Special thanks to my daughter , Carey Schwaber, whose editing turns words into streams, and to Mike Cohn and Mary Poppendieck, for their fine help in keeping this book focused.


Ken Schwaber

Ken Schwaber codeveloped the Scrum process with Jeff Sutherland in the early 1990s and has used it ever since to help organizations struggling with complicated development projects. One of the signatories to the Agile Manifesto in 2001, he went on to found the AgileAlliance, of which he is currently the Chairman of the Board. Ken has over thirty years of experience in the various aspects of systems development.