Book: Scrum (The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time)

51N9XkgX1dL._SL300_What’s the book?  Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

How did I “read” this book? Audio book.

Why did I choose to read it? / What made me want to read it? I actually read this book probably over a year ago. At the time, I was studying to get my Scrum Master certification. I haven’t gotten around to it, but I’m starting back up. Thus this book review.

What did I like about this book? This book was really good about incorporating stories and view points that was not just from software development. One example of the application of Scrum was in a construction site, which made sense since in both construction and software, you’re both “building” something. I liked the interdisciplinary-ness (idk if that’s a word) of the it. To me that made it easier to to connect the ideas of Scrum, rather than just living in the software/programming world 24/7 (it starts to feel very echo-chamber-y after a bit).

What was my favorite quote or story? The example of the business that used Scrum as a way to plan weddings. I liked it not because I’m a woman, and thus really super into weddings, but because I’ve always held the notion that Scrum was a very boring sort of thing. A workflow process (I know, I know, it’s a not “process” in the traditional sense) that’s for software development and project managing. And to be fair, when I read this, I knew Scrum in the context of working for an institution that did a lot of work in the public sector. But back to my point! That people are so creative as to use Scrum for something like planning a wedding was ingenious to me.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. With the caveat that this is more for people new or not yet sold on Scrum. This book is less about the actual framework of Scrum, and more of how using it can quickly produce high quality outcomes, and several anecdotes on other non-conventional uses of Scum.

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