Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional) by Ken Schwaber

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Observe the foundations of Scrum, some of the most well known agile programming equipment, to software program venture management—and concentration your crew on supplying actual company price. writer Ken Schwaber, a pacesetter within the agile procedure move and a co-creator of Scrum, brings his enormous services to assisting you consultant the product and software program improvement method extra successfully and successfully. aid cast off the paradox into which such a lot of software program tasks are borne, the place imaginative and prescient and making plans files are basically thrown over the wall to builders. This high-level reference describes find out how to use Scrum to control complicated know-how tasks intimately, combining professional insights with examples and case reviews in line with Scrum. Emphasizing perform over thought, this booklet explores each element of utilizing Scrum, targeting riding initiatives for optimum go back on funding.

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When I say that Scrum helps control a software development project, I don’t mean that it ensures that the project will go exactly as expected, yielding results identical to those that were predicted. Rather, I mean that Scrum controls the process of software development to guide work toward the most valuable outcome possible. Empirical Process Control Complex problems are those that behave unpredictably. Not only are these problems unpredictable, but even the ways in which they will prove unpredictable are impossible to predict.

Nothing else had worked, so what did MegaEnergy have to lose? Besides, it seemed as though Scrum would be the perfect development process for this project, given the great complexity of the situation. Ruth, a project manager from one of the previous attempts, was appointed ScrumMaster. Jane, the head of the MegaEnergy land department, was designated Product Owner. The Product Owner in Action Ruth and I helped Jane construct the Product Backlog. Because so much work had already been done during previous attempts, our task was relatively easy, although it soon became clear how important it was.

However, it is far more difficult to preplan a pickup route when customers can enter pickup requests at any time. Taxi companies sort things out at a central control center. Some shipping companies send the request to the driver responsible for the area and let the driver determine the best route based on current conditions and other demands. The more complex the system, the more likely it is that central control systems will break down. This is the reason companies decentralize and governments deregulate—relinquishing control to independent agents is a time-honored approach to dealing with complexity.

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