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Table of Contents

  • Part I: Getting Started
  • Chapter 1: Why Becoming Agile Is Hard (But Worth It)
  • Chapter 2: ADAPTing to Scrum
  • Chapter 3: Patterns for Adopting Scrum
  • Chapter 4: Iterating Toward Agility
  • Chapter 5: Your First Projects
  • Part II: Individuals
  • Chapter 6: Overcoming Resistance
  • Chapter 7: New Roles
  • Chapter 8: Changed Roles
  • Chapter 9: Technical Practices
  • Part III: Teams
  • Chapter 10: Team Structure
  • Chapter 11: Teamwork
  • Chapter 12: Leading a Self-Organizing Team
  • Chapter 13: The Product Backlog
  • Chapter 14: Sprints
  • Chapter 15: Planning
  • Chapter 16: Quality
  • Part IV: The Organization
  • Chapter 17: Scaling Scrum
  • Chapter 18: Distributed Teams
  • Chapter 19: Coexisting with Other Approaches
  • Chapter 20: Human Resources, Facilities, and the PMO
  • Part V: Next Steps
  • Chapter 21: Seeing How Far You've Come
  • Chapter 22: You're Not Done Yet
  • Reference List
  • Index

About the Author

Mike Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software, through which he provides training and consulting on Scrum and agile software development. Mike specializes in helping companies adopt Scrum and become more agile as a way of building extremely high performance development organizations. In addition to this book, he is the author of User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, Agile Estimating and Planning, and books on Java and C++ programming. With more than 25 years of experience, Mike has previously been a technology executive in companies of various sizes, from start-up to Fortune 40. He has also written articles for Better Software, IEEE Computer, Cutter IT Journal, Software Test and Quality Engineering, Agile Times, and the C/C++ Users Journal. Mike is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a founding member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is also a Certified Scrum Trainer, having cotaught the first Certified ScrumMaster class with Ken Schwaber in May 2003. For more information, visit www.mountaingoatsoftware.com.

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Praise for Succeeding with Agile "Understanding the mechanics of an agile process is just not enough. Mike Cohn has compiled a superb and comprehensive collection of advice that will help individuals and teams with the intricate task of adopting and adapting agile processes to fit their specific challenges. This book will become the definitive handbook for agile teams." -Colin Bird, Global Head of Agile, EMC Consulting "Mike Cohn's experience working with so many different organizations in the adoption of agile methods shines through with practical approaches and valuable insights. If you really want agile methods to stick, this is the book to read." -Jeff Honious, Vice President, Innovation, Reed Elsevier "Mike Cohn has done it again. Succeeding with Agile is based on his experience, and all of our experience, with agile to date. He covers from the earliest days of the project up to maturity and offers advice for the individual, the team, and the enterprise. No matter where you are in the agile cycle, this book has something for you!" -Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com "If you want to start or take the next step in agile software development, this book is for you. It discusses issues, great solutions, and helpful guidelines when scaling up in agile projects. We used the guidelines from this book extensively when we introduced agile in a large, FDA-regulated department." -Christ Vriens, Department Head of MiPlaza, part of Philips Research "If making the move to agile has always baffled you, then this book will unlock its mysteries. Mike Cohn gives us all the definitive, no-nonsense guide to transforming your organization into a high-powered, innovative, and competitive success." -Steve Greene, Senior Director, Program Management and Agile Development, www.salesforce.com "Mike Cohn is a great advisor for transforming your software organization. This book is a distillation of everything Mike has learned over the years working with companies that are trying to become more agile. If you are thinking of going agile, pick up this book." -Christopher Fry, Ph.D., Vice President Development, Platform, www.salesforce.com "Whether you're just starting out or have some Scrum experience under your belt, in Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn provides a wealth of information to guide you in your quest toward continuous improvement. Throughout the book, concepts are reinforced with practical everyday advice, including how to handle objections and thought-provoking 'things to try now.' An extensive list of recommended readings round this out to be a must have book." -Nikki Rohm, Studio Director Project and Resource Management, Electronic Arts "The first steps along the path of improving your software process with Scrum are hard, and every step reveals new challenges. In Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn shows how other organizations have followed this path, how you can learn from them to have a successful implementation of Scrum, and put your organization on the path of constant improvement and

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