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Breaking news!

It is now possible to order paperback copies of Advanced Scrum Case Studies directly from this website.

Amazon.com's policies do not allow the use of discount "promo codes". Also, their policies do not allow independent sale of e-book versions of listed books. They DO allow independent sales of paperback copies, though. I've decided to take advantage of this fact.

You can now use the Buy books link above to order paperback copies of Advanced Scrum Case Studies. You may also receive a discount if you use a "promo code".

As a spepcial introductory offer, use the promo code INTRO to get a 10% discount off the book's list price.

Scrum on!

--Fred


Meetup:

Silicon Valley Professional Scrum.

Advanced Scrum Case Studies, meets every two weeks online at 7:00pm PDT (California time). Cases are published 24-48 hours prior to the meeting. They are sent via e-mail to people who have registered. Cases are also published below.

To join the discussion, please use this Google Meetings link:

meet.google.com/dfm-gbij-yar

Next Case:

September 26th, 2021 Coaching a Scrum Master.

You are an Agile Coach, assisting a large financial institution. The company has been implementing an Agile Transformation for 12 months. Results have been poor, and must get better.

There are 150 developers, operating in ~15 Scrum teams at any given time. Unassigned developers do maintenance and training until assigned. Each team has a Scrum Master and Product Owner. The staff have received Agile and Scrum training. All are co-located at present. The company is considering adding staff in more locations. Most teams have lost at least one member during their project.

Management believes in the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the tangible results come from 20 percent of the teams. Successful teams get rewards.

Code quality is important. Extensive testing does not prevent bugs from getting through.

A vital new product development effort is about to begin. You will coach the Scrum Master of this team, to prove your recommendations.

Your developers will come from the unassigned group. How will you select them?

As the Agile Coach, you may suggest changes to the existing processes. Management will review your suggestions, based on your teams results. You may present data to bolster your case.

Consider in the context of the Scrum Framework:

  1. What changes will improve performance?
  2. What do you recommend?
  3. What data will you collect?

Books by Fred Fowler:

Advanced Scrum Case Studies--buy ebook or paperback on Amazon.com,

Advanced Scrum Case Studies--buy paperback here with promo code discounts,

(San Francisco, Silicon Valley Scrum Press, 2021)

Representing the collective experience of numerous Scrum practitioners, this book consists of 15 case studies involving problems of Agile transformation, onshore-offshore teams, scaled Scrum, cross-team dependencies, cross-functionality, self-management, Scrum mastery, product ownership, Sprint planning, engineering management, road maps, and stakeholders. Each case includes a detailed description of the problem, relevant background information, and a thorough explanation of how to apply the tools of the Scrum framework to resolve the problem. The material in this book comes from discussions held within the Silicon Valley Professional Scrum meetup group. Organized by Fred Fowler in 2015, this group has held regular Advanced Scrum Case Study discussions ever since. Each discussion revolves around a particular problem situation proposed by either Fred Fowler or another group member. Since its inception in 2015, the group has grown to more than 2,000 members coming from all parts of the world.

Fred’s case study sessions are amazing. [They] present real-life scenarios, and challenge fellow Agilists to critically examine them and discuss possible solutions... Participants are highly engaged when they are presenting and discussing these scenarios... This book is worth buying for that reason alone.

Larry Apke
Author of Understanding The Agile Manifesto: A Brief & Bold Guide to Agile and Managers from Hell, The PMO is Dead, and Other Agile Stories


From our Meetup friend Murali:

Hi Fred, Good evening. I wish to add more to the advantages of reading your Advanced Scrum Mastery Book. It is a MUST Reading for Scrum Master (New or Veterans), Product Owners, Agile Coaches. The case studies you covered in the Book are very common situations that happen in many organizations whether they are new to Agile (Scrum) or experienced, this will definitely help them understand and resolve it. CHEATSHEET this book also helps Scrum Master, Agile Coaches during their interviews. Plus build a case, when you are looking for consultancy opportunities. As I mentioned after reading your book few times, I strongly recommend, MUST reading for those who wish to succeed in Agile (Scrum). Once again thank you so much Fred for taking the time to share your wealth of knowledge with people like me and others. CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR NEXT BOOK. Thanks and all my best, Murali


Navigating Hybrid Scrum Environments--buy ebook or paperback on Amazon.com

(New York, Apress,2019)

Know the details of each part of Scrum so you can understand the purpose each part serves in the framework. Many books describe the “what” part of Scrum, but few explain the “why." Every part of the Scrum framework is important. You need to know the purpose behind each of the parts of the Scrum framework to reap all of its benefits. This book uses stories and examples to provide the understanding of Scrum that is necessary to avoid failure in an Agile transformation effort, and fills an important gap in the existing body of literature about the Scrum framework. Advanced topics also are covered: scaled Scrum, Scrum for projects, and Scrum for the program and portfolio level.

What You'll Learn

  • Use the Scrum framework more effectively, especially if you are working in a “hybrid” Scrum environment
  • Understand what to expect from the Scrum framework, how to support it in your organization, and how to measure and maximize results
  • Study Scrum and pass Scrum Master certification tests given by Scrum.org

Who This Book Is For

Management professionals, existing Scrum masters, product owners, and Scrum developers, and beginners looking to learn Scrum


Professional Conference:

Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley. Tentative schedule: Spring 2022.