Agile Project Management with SCRUM


agile-project-management-with-scrumBook Title:  Agile Project Management with SCRUM

Author:  Ken Schwaber

Publisher:  Microsoft Press

List Price:   US$39.99          Format:  soft cover; 163 pages

Publication Date:   2004     ISBN: 978-0-7356-1993-7

Reviewer:      Conrado Morlan, PgMP, PMP

Review Date:              March, 2013

Introduction to the Book

The book illustrates with real-life examples the application of Scrum in software development. It starts with a brief introduction of Scrum and dedicates a chapter to the each of the Scrum roles: ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Team (Development Team) as well as other chapters that will give you the holistic view of Scrum.

Each chapter follows a similar structure: facts definition, action taken, Scrum role’s value, lessons learned and conclusions. As a reader, you may relate to some of the stories described in the book, either similar situations at your current workplace or experiences you lived in the past.

The book is structured in a way that you do not need to read the chapters in sequence. If you are not familiar with Scrum, you may want to start with chapter 1, Appendix A and Appendix B. This will give the basic Scrum framework and you will be able to better understand the rest of the book.

I read the book after I took the ScrumMaster class with Mike Breedle and the combination of theory; practice and reading helped me to understand better how to manage unpredictability in complex problems.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized in nine chapters and five appendixes. In the first chapter the concept of Scrum is introduced. The second chapter describes the new management responsibilities in a SCRM environment. Six chapters are dedicated to Scrum roles and associated functions. The book closes with a great explanation on how to escalate projects using Scrum.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

Real life stories based on the author’s experience, who co-developed the Scrum process.

Specific examples per Scrum role with a set of actions, solutions and lessons learned.

Scaling projects with Scrum 


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About the Reviewer

conrado-morlanflag-usaConrado Morlan 

Conrado Morlan, PgMP, PMP, is a global program and project manager with more than twenty years of experience leading information technology projects for multinational companies in North America, Mexico, South America and Europe. Mr. Morlan experience spans the Information Technology, Retail, Finance and Telecommunication industries and he has a wide breath of knowledge in project management topics including leading and managing multi-cultural and virtual teams.

Mr. Morlan was one of the first individuals to achieve the PgMP credential in Latin America and was the recipient of the PMI 2011 Distinguished Contribution Award for his activities and influence in championing Project Management to Spanish-speaking practitioners and organizations.

Mr. Morlan has spoken at several conferences in USA, Mexico and Central America and is a frequent collaborator with Voices on Project Management, PMI official blog.

You can reach Mr. Morlan at [email protected] 

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