The Scrum approach to agile software development marks a dramatic departure from waterfall management. Scrum and other agile methods were inspired by its shortcomings. Scrum emphasizes collaboration, functioning software, team self management, and the flexibility to adapt to emerging business realities.

Great Free Guide to Scrum

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 09:27

If you’re just beginning to learn about Scrum, you’re probably hungry for introductory materials that break it down to the basics. DZone frequently publishes “Refcardz,” pocket reference guides for developers on pertinent topics, from IDEs to programming languages. A few weeks ago, DZone published one of its best. Authored by Danube CST Michael James, it’s on Scrum and, best of all, it’s free. Certainly, there is nuance involved in successfully managing projects with Scrum and, as James suggests at the end of the Refcard, the best way to learn Scrum is through a two-day ScrumMaster Certification course. Still, having a reference like this—authored by someone who has lived and breathed Scrum for years—is a very handy resource, indeed. It includes an overview of Scrum’s roles, meetings, and artifacts, as well as brief discussions of more advanced topics, such as scaling for large installations and related practices. Even if you’re a veteran practitioner of Scrum, I think you’ll see the value of a document like this, especially as an aid for helping new teams learn the ropes. You can download the pdf below. Scrum_Refcard.pdf



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