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Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)

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Author/s    : Ken Schwaber
Publisher   : Microsoft Press
Category   : Project Management, Process and Best Practices
Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating        : 7 horseshoes

"Agile Project Management with Scrum" is a series of case studies to make points about using Scrum properly.

The book begins with an overview of Scrum. The majority of it is introducing a company and showing how they (mis) used Scrum. It's an excellent example of learning from the mistakes of others rather than repeating them on your own.

This really gets called out in the lessons learned section for each case study. I would have liked some tips on how project managers should deal with "insulating the team" from problems. One example was extreme where he hired an investigator to track down someone with the knowledge that went on a planned vacation. Someone should have asked for it beforehand. Scrum isn't supposed to be about individual heroes and I felt this was space that could have been used for a common scenario.

In one diagram, there is a typo of "Spring" instead of "Sprint". It doesn't detract from the reading at all, but I was entertained because I do that a lot!

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