My book is for those Scrum practitioners who need concrete advice on how to start, and sustain, a Scrum Team. I’ve distilled more than twenty years of experience of helping software development teams apply Scrum and other Agile practices into a concise guide that allows them to do better Scrum.

This short book – a handbook really – was written after I made the observation that the twelve-page Scrum Guide was not written with beginners in mind. While I admire that Scrum has been reduced to its essential core that can be applied to any domain, for many people working on software teams, the lack of details can be an impediment. Fourteen Observations of Good Scrum Practice is designed to be your companion to help you bridge the generic description of Scrum found in the Scrum Guide with your day-to-day work.

Fourteen Observations of Good Scrum Practice

What’s Inside?

What you will find in this book is well-written commentary on Scrum and its use.  Each chapter is organized around the Scrum events, artifacts, people and commitments along with additional comments, advice and guidance for teams that use Scrum to develop software.  On each page, this book offers field-tested advice of “good Scrum practice” that you can use immediately.

The second edition has been updated based on seeing these practices in action, answering questions from learners and observing how Scrum has evolved over the years.  Here are some of the topics you will find in this book:

  • Introduction to the Spirit of Scrum, the values and principles of Scrum.
  • Detailed list of the responsibilities for each Scrum Team member, including stakeholders.
  • Description of each Scrum event, along with expected outcomes and steps on how to achieve those outcomes.
  • Explanation of how to use common Scrum tools, like burndown charts and task boards.
  • Glossary of common terms used by Scrum Teams.