Book Title: AGILE SCRUM – Your Quick Start Guide with Step-By-Step Instructions
Author: Scott M. Graffius
Publisher: CreateSpace
List Price:   19.95 USD
Format: Soft Cover
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN-10: 1533370249 | ISBN-13:978-1533370242
Reviewed by: Edward Raibick, PMP
Review Date: May 2017



The book titled AGILE SCRUM – Your Quick Start Guide with Step-By-Step Instructions is a how-to guide that takes the reader through the ten steps of the Agile SCRUM cycle. The book is an easy read that can be completed in an hour or two of concentrated reading. After completing the book, you will find its illustrations and project tracking tool links to be a handy reference in incorporating and communicating SCRUM methodologies to your team and organization.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • Chapter 1 introduces the reader to the SCRUM vision and provides an overview of the terms, methodologies and practices.
  • Chapter 2 provides the user with the terms and details of the Product Roadmap and Release Plan that is defined at the beginning of the SCRUM project.
  • Chapter 3 covers the Team Formation members and roles.
  • Chapter 4 introduces the Product Release Backlog of desired functions and features of the end-product.
  • Chapter 5 and 6 discusses Sprint Planning rules and typical time utilizations for these activities.
  • Chapter 7 covers the actual Sprint Execution, tracking and reporting.
  • Chapter 8 discusses the Sprint Review demonstration of the sprint development.
  • Chapter 9 introduces the Sprint Retrospective and SCRUM team review.
  • Chapter 10 discusses Product Release and your project closure with a shippable product.


AGILE SCRUM – Your Quick Start Guide with Step-By-Step Instructions is a must-have for a project manager wanting to introduce SCRUM to the organization. The book is a convenient desktop reference that can easily be shared with the whole team. Reference links to additional resources and project tracking tools are provided as well as commonly used terms in the Agile SCRUM lifecycle.

Highlights: What I liked!

This book provides a project manager with the tools needed to get a group up and running in an Agile SCRUM environment in as little as a day. The steps are clearly defined and segregated to provide a clear path towards planning and executing in a SCRUM environment.


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About the Reviewer

Edward Raibick, PMP

North Texas, USA


Edward Raibick, PMP
is a Project Management consultant with extensive experience software engineering, managerial and IT Project Management. Edward holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Internet and IT security, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and an Associate in Specialized Technology degree in Electronics. His career includes over 10 years with the IBM Corporation and over 15 years with Texas Instruments. Edward is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, having acquired his PMP certification in 2011.

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