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Exploring Scrum

Exploring Scrum Author Dan Rawsthorne
ISBN-10 1461160286
Release 2011-07-01
Pages 328
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Are you a software developer? Do you manage software developers? Are you using scrum? Are you thinking of using scrum? Then you must have this book! Scrum is the most popular agile software development process in use today, but implementing it has proven difficult for many people. Dan and Doug wrote this book in order to help people with their implementations of Scrum. Both Dan and Doug have trained and coached thousands of people, most of whom are already using Scrum. In spite of the fact that they have read about Scrum, have been trained or coached in Scrum, and are using Scrum, their most common complaint is that they need help to do it right. And, Dan and Doug have found, many (if not most) of them need some help. This book is for them and others like them. This book is not an introductory text. Dan and Doug assume that those who read this book know, or think they know, something about Scrum. This book takes a deep, exploratory, look into the Scrum framework, and offers advice about how to think about it, and how to use it. Some of this advice is philosophical, some is pragmatic, some is practical, and some of it is controversial. The controversies happen because Dan and Doug are brutally consistent and true to the essence of Scrum. This book is not the result of an academic exercise; every suggestion or conclusion in this book is grounded in real-life issues they have encountered, and suggestions that they have made for teams and people they have coached or trained. This book contains both pragmatic advice and the philosophical underpinnings justifying that advice. Scrum is a development framework that is very demanding of its adherents. Scrum is easy to understand, but doing it successfully (one might even say 'right') is very difficult. Scrum's 'out of the box' process is just good enough to allow Teams, Organizations, and Individuals to develop software successfully while their 'process personalities' are maturing and becoming more scrummish. Once their personalities have changed, then they can adapt Scrum for their own situations and realities. This book focuses on helping you become more scrummish and discusses some of the adaptations you will make as you mature.



Ace the PMI ACP exam

Ace the PMI ACP   exam Author Sumanta Boral
ISBN-10 9781484225264
Release 2016-12-26
Pages 441
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Prepare for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) exam. Augment your professional experience with the necessary knowledge of the skills, tools, and techniques that are required for passing the examination. This is a comprehensive and one-stop guide with 100% coverage of the exam topics detailed in the PMI-ACP® Exam content outline. Rehearse and test your knowledge and understanding of the subject using the practice quizzes after each chapter, three full-length mock exams, and practical tips and advice. You will be able to understand the Agile manifesto, its principles and many facets of Agile project management such as planning, prioritization, estimation, releases, retrospectives, risk management, and continuous improvement. The book covers Agile metrics and means of demonstrating progress. People management aspects such as behavioral traits, servant leadership, negotiation, conflict management, team building, and Agile coaching are explained. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, this book also serves as a practical reference for key concepts in Agile and Agile methodologies such as Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban. What you will learn: •The necessary knowledge of the skills, tools, and techniques that are required for passing the PMI-ACP examination•To understand the scope and objectives of the PMI-ACP exam, and gain confidence by taking practice quizzes provided in each chapter and three full-length mock exams•To gain exposure to Agile methodologies such as Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban plus various tools and techniques required to conduct Agile projects•The focus is to "Be Agile", rather than "Do Agile" Who this book is for: The audience for this book primarily includes IT professionals who wish to prepare for and pass the Agile Certified Professional (ACP) exam from the Project Management Institute (PMI). The book also is a practical reference book for Agile Practioners. /div



Managing the Unmanageable

Managing the Unmanageable Author Mickey W. Mantle
ISBN-10 9780132981255
Release 2012-09-16
Pages 464
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“Mantle and Lichty have assembled a guide that will help you hire, motivate, and mentor a software development team that functions at the highest level. Their rules of thumb and coaching advice are great blueprints for new and experienced software engineering managers alike.” —Tom Conrad, CTO, Pandora “I wish I’d had this material available years ago. I see lots and lots of ‘meat’ in here that I’ll use over and over again as I try to become a better manager. The writing style is right on, and I love the personal anecdotes.” —Steve Johnson, VP, Custom Solutions, DigitalFish All too often, software development is deemed unmanageable. The news is filled with stories of projects that have run catastrophically over schedule and budget. Although adding some formal discipline to the development process has improved the situation, it has by no means solved the problem. How can it be, with so much time and money spent to get software development under control, that it remains so unmanageable? In Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams , Mickey W. Mantle and Ron Lichty answer that persistent question with a simple observation: You first must make programmers and software teams manageable. That is, you need to begin by understanding your people—how to hire them, motivate them, and lead them to develop and deliver great products. Drawing on their combined seventy years of software development and management experience, and highlighting the insights and wisdom of other successful managers, Mantle and Lichty provide the guidance you need to manage people and teams in order to deliver software successfully. Whether you are new to software management, or have already been working in that role, you will appreciate the real-world knowledge and practical tools packed into this guide.



Agile Software Development

Agile Software Development Author Alistair Cockburn
ISBN-10 0321630076
Release 2006-10-19
Pages 504
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“Agile Software Development is a highly stimulating and rich book. The author has a deep background and gives us a tour de force of the emerging agile methods.” —Tom Gilb The agile model of software development has taken the world by storm. Now, in Agile Software Development, Second Edition, one of agile’s leading pioneers updates his Jolt Productivity award-winning book to reflect all that’s been learned about agile development since its original introduction. Alistair Cockburn begins by updating his powerful model of software development as a “cooperative game of invention and communication.” Among the new ideas he introduces: harnessing competition without damaging collaboration; learning lessons from lean manufacturing; and balancing strategies for communication. Cockburn also explains how the cooperative game is played in business and on engineering projects, not just software development Next, he systematically illuminates the agile model, shows how it has evolved, and answers the questions developers and project managers ask most often, including · Where does agile development fit in our organization? · How do we blend agile ideas with other ideas? · How do we extend agile ideas more broadly? Cockburn takes on crucial misconceptions that cause agile projects to fail. For example, you’ll learn why encoding project management strategies into fixed processes can lead to ineffective strategy decisions and costly mistakes. You’ll also find a thoughtful discussion of the controversial relationship between agile methods and user experience design. Cockburn turns to the practical challenges of constructing agile methodologies for your own teams. You’ll learn how to tune and continuously reinvent your methodologies, and how to manage incomplete communication. This edition contains important new contributions on these and other topics: · Agile and CMMI · Introducing agile from the top down · Revisiting “custom contracts” · Creating change with “stickers” In addition, Cockburn updates his discussion of the Crystal methodologies, which utilize his “cooperative game” as their central metaphor. If you’re new to agile development, this book will help you succeed the first time out. If you’ve used agile methods before, Cockburn’s techniques will make you even more effective.



The Elements of Scrum

The Elements of Scrum Author Chris Sims
ISBN-10 0982866917
Release 2011
Pages 184
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A practical field guide to the practice of scrum, an agile software project management methodology.



Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners

Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners Author Ilan Goldstein
ISBN-10 9780133005233
Release 2013-07-05
Pages 208
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Practical, Step-by-Step Scrum Techniques for Improving Processes, Actions, and Outcomes The widespread adoption and success of Scrum can be attributed in large part to its perceived intuitiveness and simplicity. But when new Scrum practitioners attempt to apply Scrum theory and high-level approaches in actual projects, they often find it surprisingly difficult. In Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners, Scrum expert Ilan Goldstein helps you translate the Scrum framework into reality to meet the Scrum challenges your formal training never warned you about. Drawing on his extensive agile experience in a wide range of projects and environments, Goldstein presents thirty proven, flexible shortcuts for optimizing Scrum processes, actions, and outcomes. Each shortcut walks you through applying a Scrum approach to achieve a tangible output. These easy-to-digest, actionable patterns address a broad range of topics including getting started, quality and metrics, team members and roles, managing stakeholders, estimation, continuous improvement and much more. Whatever your role, Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners will help you take your Scrum skills to the next level and achieve better results in any project you participate in.



Agile Data Warehousing for the Enterprise

Agile Data Warehousing for the Enterprise Author Ralph Hughes
ISBN-10 9780123965189
Release 2015-09-19
Pages 562
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Building upon his earlier book that detailed agile data warehousing programming techniques for the Scrum master, Ralph's latest work illustrates the agile interpretations of the remaining software engineering disciplines: Requirements management benefits from streamlined templates that not only define projects quickly, but ensure nothing essential is overlooked. Data engineering receives two new "hyper modeling" techniques, yielding data warehouses that can be easily adapted when requirements change without having to invest in ruinously expensive data-conversion programs. Quality assurance advances with not only a stereoscopic top-down and bottom-up planning method, but also the incorporation of the latest in automated test engines. Use this step-by-step guide to deepen your own application development skills through self-study, show your teammates the world's fastest and most reliable techniques for creating business intelligence systems, or ensure that the IT department working for you is building your next decision support system the right way. Learn how to quickly define scope and architecture before programming starts Includes techniques of process and data engineering that enable iterative and incremental delivery Demonstrates how to plan and execute quality assurance plans and includes a guide to continuous integration and automated regression testing Presents program management strategies for coordinating multiple agile data mart projects so that over time an enterprise data warehouse emerges Use the provided 120-day road map to establish a robust, agile data warehousing program



McGraw Hill Education ACP Agile Certified Practitioner Exam

McGraw Hill Education ACP Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Author Klaus Nielsen
ISBN-10 9780071847674
Release 2016-03-11
Pages 368
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We want to help you succeed on the Agile Certified Practitioner Exam McGraw-Hill Education: Agile Certified Practitioner Exam helps you prepare for this important test and earn the certification that will advance your career. Written by a project manager and trainer, this book provides you with the intensive review and practice that will help you achieve the results you want. Covering all essential processes, this book shows you how agile management theory works in practice. Inside you will find hundreds of practice questions, two complete practice exams, and experience-based tips to maximize your score. You'll be able to sharpen your skills and boost your confidence--and do your very best on test day. Features: A diagnostic test Two complete sample ACP exams 200 additional test-like practice questions Practical examples that show agile management processes in the everyday workplace



Essential Scrum

Essential Scrum Author Kenneth S. Rubin
ISBN-10 9780137043293
Release 2012
Pages 452
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The must-have practitioner's guide and manager's reference to Scrum, today's #1 agile process: fast-track knowledge for every decision-maker * *An ideal quick-start guide for technically savvy professionals and managers with no Scrum/Agile experience: serves a vital need and fills a major market void. *Exceptionally accessible: designed to be read cover-to-cover on one cross-country flight. *Two color format, packed with illustrations and margin notes that draw instant attention to key issues, techniques, pitfalls, and solutions. This easy-to-read, easy-to-use book brings together all the non-technical information managers and practitioners need to evaluate and get started with Scrum, today's #1 Agile process. Filling a major gap in the marketplace, it demystifies Scrum and Agile with simple, fast-paced explanations, more than 100 easy-to-follow illustrations, and quick paragraph summaries that deliver instant insights on key issues, techniques, pitfalls, and solutions. Kenny Rubin draws on more than a decade of experience implementing Scrum and training more than 3,000 Scrum practitioners at all levels. He delivers fasttrack familiarity with all aspects for Scrum for every technically savvy practitioner and manager who hasn't worked with agile methods before. Coverage includes: * *Why so many organizations are adopting Scrum, and how it has evolved. *Essential Scrum/Agile concepts and roles. *How to start a Scrum project or product. *How to manage product backlogs. *Sprints, sprint meetings, and Scrum 'by the numbers' *Scaling and distributing Scrum. *Using Scrum on diverse types of development projects. *Choosing the right Scrum tools The book also includes a detailed glossary that can help every new Scrum participant 'get on the same page' with Scrum's terminology, as well as an up to-date bibliography for further exploration.



Lean Agile Software Development

Lean Agile Software Development Author Alan Shalloway
ISBN-10 0321647998
Release 2009-10-22
Pages 304
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Agile techniques have demonstrated immense potential for developing more effective, higher-quality software. However,scaling these techniques to the enterprise presents many challenges. The solution is to integrate the principles and practices of Lean Software Development with Agile’s ideology and methods. By doing so, software organizations leverage Lean’s powerful capabilities for “optimizing the whole” and managing complex enterprise projects. A combined “Lean-Agile” approach can dramatically improve both developer productivity and the software’s business value.In this book, three expert Lean software consultants draw from their unparalleled experience to gather all the insights, knowledge, and new skills you need to succeed with Lean-Agile development. Lean-Agile Software Development shows how to extend Scrum processes with an Enterprise view based on Lean principles. The authors present crucial technical insight into emergent design, and demonstrate how to apply it to make iterative development more effective. They also identify several common development “anti-patterns” that can work against your goals, and they offer actionable, proven alternatives. Lean-Agile Software Development shows how to Transition to Lean Software Development quickly and successfully Manage the initiation of product enhancements Help project managers work together to manage product portfolios more effectively Manage dependencies across the software development organization and with its partners and colleagues Integrate development and QA roles to improve quality and eliminate waste Determine best practices for different software development teams The book’s companion Web site, www.netobjectives.com/lasd, provides updates, links to related materials, and support for discussions of the book’s content.



Scrum

Scrum Author Claude Aubry
ISBN-10 9782100742165
Release 2015-10-07
Pages 328
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Cet ouvrage s’adresse à tous ceux qui sont impliqués dans le développement logiciel, et qui souhaitent s’initier aux méthodes agiles, qu’ils soient chefs de produit, développeurs ou managers. Ceux qui ont déjà une première expérience de Scrum y trouveront de quoi approfondir leurs connaissances. Claude Aubry explique l’importance de la notion d’équipe, avec les rôles emblématiques de ScrumMaster et Product Owner. Il montre comment organiser le travail de l’équipe dans un backlog pour produire des versions à chaque sprint en suivant un cérémonial qui a fait la preuve de son efficacité. Au-delà de Scrum, ce livre présente les pratiques agiles et donne des pistes pour adapter l’agilité au contexte des organisations. Cette 4e édition s’enrichit de mises à jour sur l’affinage du backlog et l’évaluation du niveau d’agilité



Scrum 5e d

Scrum   5e   d Author Claude Aubry
ISBN-10 9782100782567
Release 2018-05-16
Pages 384
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Cet ouvrage s’adresse à tous ceux qui souhaitent s’initier à Scrum, et à ceux qui ont déjà une expérience « agile » et souhaitent approfondir leurs connaissances. Les rôles emblématiques de ScrumMaster et de Product Owner sont expliqués en détail, ainsi que la façon dont l’équipe s’organise pour produire une version à chaque sprint en suivant des pratiques collaboratives. Ces notions, qui ont fait le succès de Scrum, sont toujours le cœur de cette cinquième édition qui a été revue et adaptée pour apporter au lecteur l’esprit de Scrum, au-delà du simple mode d’emploi. L’ouvrage montre comment Scrum continue à se répandre, faisant surgir de nouveaux défis, poussant à de nouvelles réponses, contribuant ainsi à créer un écosystème agile. « ...ce livre ne se résume pas au Scrum officiel, mais bien à sa pratique vivante qui absorbe, essaye, rejette, intègre les bonnes idées et les bonnes pratiques des dix ou vingt dernières années. » Extrait de la préface de Pablo Pernot.



The PMI ACP Exam

The PMI ACP Exam Author Andy Crowe
ISBN-10 099090749X
Release 2018-03-15
Pages 327
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This is the first book written specifically for the new PMI-ACP exam. It is a single, compact reference that will help the reader prepare for and pass the certification exam. Contents include: Understanding Agile, The PMI-ACP Exam, The Agile Manifesto, Project Justification, Teams & Team Space, Agile Planning, Working with Agile, Coaching with Agile, Agile Methodologies, How to Pass the PMI-ACP Exam, Glossary of Terms, 2 Simulated Exams with Answers.



Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Author Richard Hundhausen
ISBN-10 9780735669550
Release 2012-10-15
Pages 384
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Discover how to turn requirements into working software increments—faster and more efficiently—using Visual Studio 2012 in combination with Scrum and Agile engineering practices. Designed for software development teams, this guide delivers pragmatic, role-based guidance for exploiting the capabilities of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. Team members will learn proven practices and techniques for implementing Scrum to manage an application’s life cycle, as well as seamlessly plan, manage, and track their Scrum projects.



Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies Author Arvind Narayanan
ISBN-10 9781400884155
Release 2016-07-19
Pages 336
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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. Whether you are a student, software developer, tech entrepreneur, or researcher in computer science, this authoritative and self-contained book tells you everything you need to know about the new global money for the Internet age. How do Bitcoin and its block chain actually work? How secure are your bitcoins? How anonymous are their users? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? These are some of the many questions this book answers. It begins by tracing the history and development of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and then gives the conceptual and practical foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network as well as to integrate ideas from Bitcoin into your own projects. Topics include decentralization, mining, the politics of Bitcoin, altcoins and the cryptocurrency ecosystem, the future of Bitcoin, and more. An essential introduction to the new technologies of digital currency Covers the history and mechanics of Bitcoin and the block chain, security, decentralization, anonymity, politics and regulation, altcoins, and much more Features an accompanying website that includes instructional videos for each chapter, homework problems, programming assignments, and lecture slides Also suitable for use with the authors' Coursera online course Electronic solutions manual (available only to professors)



Ship it

Ship it Author Jared Richardson
ISBN-10 9781680504781
Release 2005-06-01
Pages 200
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Ship It! is a collection of tips that show the tools andtechniques a successful project team has to use, and how to use themwell. You'll get quick, easy-to-follow advice on modernpractices: which to use, and when they should be applied. This bookavoids current fashion trends and marketing hype; instead, readersfind page after page of solid advice, all tried and tested in thereal world. Aimed at beginning to intermediate programmers, Ship It! will show you: Which tools help, and which don't How to keep a project moving Approaches to scheduling that work How to build developers as well as product What's normal on a project, and what's not How to manage managers, end-users and sponsors Danger signs and how to fix them Few of the ideas presented here are controversial or extreme; most experiencedprogrammers will agree that this stuff works. Yet 50 to 70 percent of allproject teams in the U.S. aren't able to use even these simple, well-acceptedpractices effectively. This book will help you get started. Ship It! begins by introducing the common technicalinfrastructure that every project needs to get the job done. Readerscan choose from a variety of recommended technologies according totheir skills and budgets. The next sections outline the necessarysteps to get software out the door reliably, using well-accepted,easy-to-adopt, best-of-breed practices that really work. Finally, and most importantly, Ship It! presents commonproblems that teams face, then offers real-world advice on how tosolve them.



User Story Mapping

User Story Mapping Author Jeff Patton
ISBN-10 9781491904886
Release 2014-09-05
Pages 324
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User story mapping is a valuable tool for software development, once you understand why and how to use it. This insightful book examines how this often misunderstood technique can help your team stay focused on users and their needs without getting lost in the enthusiasm for individual product features. Author Jeff Patton shows you how changeable story maps enable your team to hold better conversations about the project throughout the development process. Your team will learn to come away with a shared understanding of what you’re attempting to build and why. Get a high-level view of story mapping, with an exercise to learn key concepts quickly Understand how stories really work, and how they come to life in Agile and Lean projects Dive into a story’s lifecycle, starting with opportunities and moving deeper into discovery Prepare your stories, pay attention while they’re built, and learn from those you convert to working software