Agile Scrum

Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
156 Pages
Reviewed on 05/13/2018
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Author Biography

Scott M. Graffius, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CSM, CSPO, PMP, ITIL, LSSGB is a project management practitioner and consultant with expertise in project, program, portfolio, and PMO leadership inclusive of agile, traditional, and hybrid approaches. Scott is a Principal Consultant and the CEO of Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™, a professional services firm, where he helps clients strengthen their project management capabilities and realize their strategic objectives and business initiatives. Before that, he ran and supervised the delivery of projects and programs in public and private companies with businesses ranging from e-commerce to advanced technology, manufacturing, entertainment, and more. He is the author of two award-winning books on agile project management, and he regularly speaks at conferences and other events around the world. Scott's content has been used by businesses, governments, and universities including Gartner, Cisco, RSA, Ford, LITE-ON Technology Corporation, Liberty Mutual Group, Atlassian, the United States Department of Energy, the United States Army, the State of Wisconsin, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, Tufts University, James Madison University, Santa Clara University, Brigham Young University, Texas A&M University, The Open University, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, and others. He resides in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions by Scott M. Graffius answers one of the most important questions that business owners need to ask in order to grow and take the lead in a competitive market while being most responsive to the needs of their customers. In today’s eclectic culture, it is not surprising that businesses encounter surprising changes in the business environment, including the shift in customer needs, the introduction of new products into the market, and competition.

In this insightful and intelligently written book, the author offers a new way of approaching business management, offering business owners, directors, and managers the tools they need to drive positive change, meet the ever changing needs of their customers and stay ahead of cut-throat competition. It is an agile approach which is more cooperative than sequential. In this book, readers will find the tools that enable them to deliver products in the most appropriate and cost effective manner, master the management model that relies on iterative and incremental deliverables, drive competitive advantage, and effectively manage change.

This is a relevant book, filled with common sense and a clear step-by-step guide on implementing Scrum in a way that is practical and easy. The language is devoid of jargon, fluid and engaging. The visuals and the timely paragraph breaks make for an enjoyable reading experience. Scott M. Graffius writes with confidence and brings into the work a lot of innovative ideas. The clarity of thought and the ease of expression demonstrate the author’s mastery of the subject. Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions is packed with information, a treasure trove for businesses looking to make the most of today’s unpredictable market environment. Highly recommended read.

Mamta Madhavan

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions by Scott M. Graffius is a useful guide with an excellent set of principles and practices designed to be a valuable resource for a diverse audience. For all those interested in getting involved with Agile Scrum, technology management, project management, product development, or innovation, this book is a useful tool as it gives instructions for the successful implementation of Agile Scrum. The ten sections in the book make it easy to understand and incorporate the values and principles of Agile with information on the Scrum implementations and good practices.

The book is excellent and the author handles the methodology very well, methodically and extensively. The diagrams are very helpful to better comprehend the topic. The tips and techniques are useful and the book can be referred to before any project planning and will help improve on organizational skills. The topics in each section are described well with the help of points and diagrams where the instructions are clear cut, making it easy to employ Agile Scrum. All the information shared will enable any reader to set up things in a proper and effective way. The book works well for all those who are going to implement Agile Scrum, and for those with no prior experience. For those already using Agile Scrum, this is a guide for consideration and potential adaptation. The practical examples given in the book are also a bonus for readers.