This book is approved by EXIN as a resource for the EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation exam (40 multiple choice questions, pass mark 65%). You can find out more about the exam here: Exin Agile Scrum where you can also take a sample Agile Scrum Foundation exam.
The book covers the scrum basics that can be found in the Scrum guide by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland too.
Besides the scrum basics and the Agile manifesto and agile principles it contains some additional interesting topics.
Managing the Scope
Here we get an explanation of three alternatives for defining Product Backlog items: requirement specification, use case an user story. A user story has three parts: As a …, I want to …, [so that …]. On top of these three alternatives you get an explanation how to handle bugs (story or not?) and how to cope with spikes (small development activity).
Product Scope in Agile Environments
This paragraph gives you the result of a research done by the Standish Group in 2011, concerning the average use of software features? 64% of the features will never or rarely be used.
By using an onion shaped diagram we get 6 conceptual levels of planning and the latter four are inside an agile project: Strategy, Portfolio, Product, Release, Iteration, Day.
A separate paragraph focusses on some common practices to help you in agile environments but can be of help in traditional environments too. The following topics are explained: Pair Programming, Bus or Truck Factor (The minimum number of developers you have to lose before losing the ability to continue the project even by adding new developers), Test-Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Continuous Refactoring, Collective Code Ownership, Sustainable Pace.
INVEST guideline for user stories
Instead of SMART you could use the abbreviation INVEST as a guideline to create your user stories. It stands for Independent, Negotiable, Valuable, Estimate-able, Small, and Testable.
To estimate user stories several approaches are explained: Story Points, Planning poker (using the Fibonacci series or T-shirt sizes), Triangulation, Affinity estimation, …
An easy to read small E-book for those who are interested in Scrum and want to know a little more than the official guide offers.
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