SCRUM Mega Pack for the Agile Scrum Master, Product Owner, Stakeholder and Development Team


pmwj19-feb2014-coelln-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  SCRUM Mega Pack for the Agile Scrum Master, Product Owner, Stakeholder and Development Team
Author:  Paul Vii
Publisher:  Pashum Publishing
List Price:   US$19.98          Format:  soft cover, 196 pages
Publication Date:   November 2013          ISBN: 9781482681734
Reviewer:      Maryanne Coelln, PMP
Review Date:              January 2014           ________________________________________________________________________

Introduction to the Book

This is a compilation of seven previously published books on scrum by the author, with an additional chapter not previously published on Kanban.

Looking for an easy-to-read overview with just enough detail to not overwhelm?  Try out this book.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The chapters are organized in a way to support the key reason Paul was inspired to write this book: “to better understand what makes each scrum rule so powerful.”  It starts with a history of scrum, why it works, a framework to use, tips, how to become a Scrum Master, how to meet a project deadline with scrum, and ends with an overview of Kanban and how it can be used on projects.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

Paul has achieved his objectives as explained in his Introduction: 1) Explaining the scrum rules clearly, 2) Being as concise as possible in my explanation and 3) Explaining how these scrum rules can help to make projects a success.  Please be advised that the author is insistent that the rules of scrum must be followed to reap the highest project rewards.

Highlights: What I liked!

What I liked most was that the book is written in a very conversational tone.  It starts with the history of agile, explains how scrum fits in, and then moves on in a logical framework explaining how to use scrum.

I valued his personal experiences in the scrum world as he moved through examples of how scrum works in a business environment.  Definitions of common terms such as product backlog and user stories were injected into the chapters at perfect points where a detailed explanation was needed before describing the business challenge and solution.

Paul is passionate about his topic, and you get the sense that he is explaining his perspective as if you were in the room with him, taking the time to explain what and why you should do the activities that he carefully outlines.  I tend to think in a linear fashion, and appreciated that he laid out his approach to agile projects very logically, including checklists and “how to’s” that I felt could be acted upon on in the real world.  There could be other methods that would work, but I felt that I would achieve project success if I followed his approach. 


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About the Reviewer

maryanne-coellnflag-usaMaryanne Coelln 

North Texas, USA 

Maryanne Coelln, PMP, is Director of Project Delivery for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union.  Maryanne has a B.S.C. degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University, California and earned her PMP in 2003. She has over 15 years of experience in leading technical project teams and is focused on developing practical methodologies. She has been an active member in the PMI Dallas Chapter for many years.  Maryanne can be contacted at [email protected].