Summary of Scrum For Dummies

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Scrum For Dummies book summary
Prepare for “scrum mastery” by reviewing the basics of agile project management.

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Mark C. Layton lays out the basic principles of the “scrum” approach to project management. He provides a fast-paced introduction to “sprint planning,” “daily scrum,” “sprint reviews” and tools for agile project delivery. Layton depicts how scrum creates value beyond software development by giving varied industry examples, from civil engineering in India to electronic health records in the United States. The structured “Dummies” format works well for newcomers and features enlightening sidebar tips, technical backgrounders and pivotal points. getAbstract finds that Layton’s manual will serve novice project managers, with or without traditional training, as well as anyone else who wants to implement transparent, flexible and agile project management.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the scrum approach to project management entails
  • What strategies you can use to manage scrum techniques through three roles, seven project stages and multiple tools
  • How to avoid pitfalls and gauge your success
 

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The “Scrum”
Scrum is a simple framework for managing projects in an efficient, agile way. The term comes from rugby, in which team players hold one another by the shoulders – arms interlocking and heads down – and push in a semicircle against the rival team in the same formation to shift...
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About the Author

Mark C. Layton is a strategist and instructor in project and program management.


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