Scrum QuickStart Guide

  • by ClydeBank Business
  • Narrated by Lucy Vest
  • 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Completing a project as a team is one the fundamental elements of the current professional climate. Getting internal and external projects, ranging from the IT sector to the construction development, to work together efficiently and effectively is a common challenge faced by almost every organization. Fortunately, management architects have developed multiple strategies to tackle projects. One of the most highly adopted is the scrum method.
Differing greatly from the traditional "waterfall" or "relay" approach to project management methodology, scrum emphasizes the importance of a cross-functional team that pushes forward together to a collective goal - the project's success. Implementing such tactics as "daily scrums" in which all members of the team are held accountable for their accomplishments, current tasks, and potential obstacles, scrum attempts to create a real "team" amongst the members so that individuals must move forward together. This is similar to what occurs within a scrum on the rugby field.
This holistic approach doesn't just embrace the importance of progressing as a team. It also raises several important question that highlight potential inefficiencies within an organization, specifically related to resource allocation, accountability, and task management. Not to be overlooked, the approach taken even from the smallest projects within an organization can ultimately define overall success.


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Must have Project management methods and practices

If you're a software developer or project manager then at some point you're going to come across the phrases "agile" and "scrum".

I think I ought to lay out a little disclaimer that I am a proponent of scrum processes and agile methods in general. As a software developer of 30 years experience I've been exposed to almost all the popular (and unpopular) productivity and management methods you can shake a stick at when it comes to getting software from the "good idea" to "being used and loved" stages. Some I hated, some I loved but didn't work and, despite a few enforced sojourns from it, I keep coming back to Scrum. I also use the pomodoro technique but that's not covered in this book.

First the negatives; the free review copy I received contained several audio errors where the narration either faded out or repeated words or sentences. A few other people had mentioned this on their reviews too. I discussed this with Clydebank directly and a new, corrected version of the audio will be replacing the version I listened to. A brief look at their responses to review comments should make it clear they are fairly responsive to criticism and appear to value customer service - something they actually reiterate in the audio too. Pretty unique in the audiobook world I think and an admirable quality. Top marks for this.

Now the raft of positives; a superb book which thoroughly covers what Scrum is, why it's worth adopting along with quotes and case studies to back up this suggestion. If you've read or listened to "Scrum: The Art of doing twice the work in half the time" which is written by John Sutherland the original author of scrum then Clydebank's Scrum quickstart guide is an excellent adjunct to this. The Scrum QSG goes much more into how to actually *do* Scrum rather than just *why* Scrum is a good idea. I'd definitely recommend getting both the book from J Sutherland and the Clydebank book as the two complement one another quite nicely.

A nice touch for this book is the inclusion of access to a PDF diagram which adds as a visual aid to the text and audio. I like this idea - it gives a bird's eye view of the content and is a nice easy-to-consume adjust which enhances the content of the actual book in a simple bite-sized chunk.

Lucy Vest's narration is at a good pace and her British accent is clear with a delivery that allows the listener to absorb the fairly technical content without listener fatigue creeping in.

All in all - a book to get if you are interested in project management, especially in the software development world or wider IT industry.
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- Ian Barker

Poor listening material

Sounds like a university paper with just a broad look on the subject. Additionally often some sentences are doubled which makes It jard to listen.
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- Mateusz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2015
  • Publisher: ClydeBank Media LLC