Fixing Your Scrum - Book Review

Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems
by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller.

About this book

Fixing Your Scrum looks at how broken Scrum practices can limit your organization’s ability to take full advantage of the agility Scrum should bring:
  • The development team isn’t cross-functional or self-organizing
  • the product owner doesn’t get value for their investment
  • stakeholders and customers are left wondering when something—anything—will get delivered. 
Fixing Your Scrum shows you how experienced Scrum masters balance the demands of these three levels of servant leadership, while removing organizational impediments and helping Scrum teams deliver real-world value. Discover how to visualize your work, resolve impediments, and empower your teams to self-organize and deliver using advanced coaching and facilitation techniques that honour and support the Scrum values and agile principles.

Fixing Your Scrum by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller.


My review: ****

For me, reading Fixing Your Scrum was a great opportunity to catch-up on my Scrum knowledge.
I wanted to gain practical knowledge and also learn new skills for mastering my craft. This book provided that and a whole lot more!
Fixing Your Scrum walked me through many examples of what to look out for when my team gets challenged. It provided me with practical insights that I can use to navigate my team back onto the delivery trek.

Fixing Your Scrum contains a myriad of anti-patterns along with its recommended solutions scattered throughout the book. A great mix of pain points and practical solution offerings based on many insightful experiences.

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I learned how empiricism can guide teams to create great products and then enable Scrum teams to improve and refine their craft every sprint. Scrum is a framework and not some sort of methodology with a bunch of checklists or criteria. It is more than that.
I discovered how valuable the Scrum values are; this is what gives life to Scrum, other than some mechanical version of it. 
I got a deeper understanding as to why we do what we do. It helped me build my confidence knowing I can successfully guide my team and help build up my team's skill set with some practical insights.

Who would this book help?

  • A great read for anyone struggling with their Scrum practices. 
  • This is the book to help guide the teachers and coaches of Scrum. 

Look out for: 

  • “Coaches Corner” of each chapter provides valuable and insightful tips to guide you on your journey. The advise and experiences learned by both Ryan and Todd add knowledge toward the shared experiences we have all had in our Agile journey’

Conclusion:

  • This book deep dives into a myriad of anti-patterns to provide clear paths of resolution to assist changing behaviours.
  • Real world scenarios with real world solutions.
  • This book and the scrum guide are my go to Scrum resources. 
Until next time, keep it agile!