Monday, January 21, 2008

How to Start Doing Scrum

I got interested in Scrum when I heard about it at MySQL. They had something called a Daily Scrum, in which all the developers participated. Not working in development, I wasn't part of that process, but a year later, I was wandering through Barnes & Noble at Crossroads Mall, and there was Ken Schwaber's Book "Agile Project Management with Scrum".

My previous contacts with project management convinced me that project management was about estimating and counting beans, producing lots of documentation, and other very useful tasks. Maybe something a bank or other large enterprise would want to do, but somehow very removed from the actual process of producing software.

Ken's book spoke to me, so I bought it. It was a revelation! Finally a book on project management that actually provided useful information about how to plan, estimate and organize a project. A book that talked about people, what they should be doing, and how they should organize themselves.

So if you want to start doing Scrum, start with Ken's book and do exactly what he says.


jp said...

Hi Peter,

you mentioned the book of Ken Schwaber, really a great one ...

The ISBN of this book is 0-7356-1993-X.
I would recommend reading this book before implementing SCRUM. Alternatively there is great video of Ken Schwaber at Google TechTalk at

Cheers, jp

Peter said...

Absolutely! I can also recommend the books from Mike Cohn. I am now working my way through the books on Lean Software Development by Mary & Tom Poppendieck. More on books in a post.

P.S. - You're My First Comment :-)

Frederic Doillon said...

Hello Peter,

I have just write something about how to start with scrum on my french blog :

Some other interesting links!