Thoughts on technology and innovation
Ted Husted, Release Engineer
Many moons ago, I set out a "Read Me First" list for software developers. I'd now like to revise the list to include Jeff Sutherland's new book "Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time."
I've been an agile developer since, well, before there was a manifesto. I've been Apache Agile, Extreme Programming Agile, and, nowadays, on the Nimble AMS product crew, we use Scrum with all the trimmings:
Sutherland's book is helping me gain a new respect for Scrum, and also helping me see some places where our own practice can be improved in small but significant ways.
The book is full of hard advice and riveting anecdotes, including how the FBI uses Scrum to keep us safe, and how Scrum brought us ATMs and prescriptions by mail.
The core chapter of the book focuses on the "why" behind core Scrum practices.
Best of all: Sutherland's book is totally boss-friendly. If you have, or if you are, a manager, CTO, or CEO that doesn't really get what Scrum is about, but would be willing to learn: This is the book for C-Level folks.
If you have another team in your organization that is struggling: This is the book for launching or improving a team.
If you, like me, sometimes feel frustrated by Scrum: Get yourself this book, read it, and then feel better about how you get things done.
Here are some of my favorite take aways:
So click on over to Amazon, try the sample, and then read the rest as soon as you can!
Oh, and here's the new and improved "Read Me First" syllabus for software developers, regardless of platform or temperament, in sequential order.
(1) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
(2) The Four Disciplines of Execution
(3) Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
(4) Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
(5) Test Driven Development by Example
(6) Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Second Edition
(OK, sure, it's number three of six. But, hey, the list is a backlog, with the highest value, lowest risk item first.)
Though, if you are already using Scrum anywhere in your enterprise, whether you know nothing, or think you know it all, trust me and read this book next.
Pro Tip - For more about Scrum and software project management, checkout A Tale of Two Teams.
Ted Husted is a release engineer for Nimble AMS. "It's my job to make sure that we ship everything that's done, but not before its ready."