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BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Scrum Project Management

Author:  Kim H. Pries & Jon M. Quigley

Publisher:  CRC Press

List Price:  US$37.92

Format:  hard cover; 174 pages

Publication Date:   2011

ISBN: 978-1-4398-2515-0

Reviewer:      Joan Chalkley

Review Date:              August 2012
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Introduction to the Book

Scrum Project Management by Kim Pries and Jon Quigley brings to the fore-front the reason we do projects – to meet the needs of the business. Too often in the waterfall methodology, the product that is delivered is what was “contracted” in project documentation. But not what was needed by the customer. Choosing the Scrum approach to project management combines the Agile focus on customer collaboration over contract negotiation (in project documentation). It provides for increased customer involvement in the product development.

There is a high-intensity focus on delivery of usable working software at pre-defined delivery points. Team members work together and are accountable for what they deliver each day. The emphasis is on stripping away any non-value-added activities and constantly delivering a workable product to the customer. The Scrum environment results in increased tempo, improved responsiveness, increased communications and reduced risk.

By involving the customer throughout the entire process, decisions are made later – when the problem is better understood and when more information is available. Thus, the Scrum Project Management approach can better meet changing demands in the marketplace.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized to first question why we do projects. From there, the benefits of the Scrum project methodology are presented, along with background information on Scrum. A comparison is made between Scrum and conventional project management, identifying the differences, but also developing an understanding on how Scrum really uses similar processes to conventional project management – just with additional checkpoints.

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About the Reviewer

Joan Chalkley

Joan Chalkley is a project manager with over 25 years of experience.  She has her Masters of Science in Human Relations and Business and is certified as a CSM (Certified Scrum Master), PMP (Project Management Professional), and SPL (Strategic Project Leader). Joan has successfully led large ($20 million) IT projects which directly impact end-users in logistics operations and eCommerce.  Joan can be contacted at [email protected].

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