Book review: EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation Workbook

EXIN-Agile-Scrum-Foundation-WorkbookJust received the EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation Workbook from Nader K. Rad, which he wrote together with Frank Turley.

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.

Planning Onion

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.

Agile Practices

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.

Estimating

To estimate user stories several approaches are explained: Story Points, Planning poker (using the Fibonacci series or T-shirt sizes), Triangulation, Affinity estimation, …

Conclusion

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.

To order: Management Plaza

 

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4 responses to “Book review: EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation Workbook

  1. Management Plaza

    Hi Henny Thanks for the review, it is much appreciated. Is it possible for us to post this review (share on social media), I don¹t see a link on the article . Thanks Frank

    From: Henny Portman’s Blog Reply-To: Henny Portman’s Blog Date: Thursday 23 October 2014 20:35 To: FTG FTG Subject: [New post] Book review: EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation Workbook

    WordPress.com hennyportman posted: “Just received the EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation Workbook from Nader K. Rad, which he wrote together with Frank Turley. This book is approved by EXIN as a resource for the EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation exam (40 multiple choice questions, pass mark 65%). You”

    • Hi Frank,
      If you click on the header of the article the article itself pops up in WordPress. Now you could copy the total address and use it anywhere to jump to this article.
      Success
      best regards
      Henny

  2. Read this book. Very well written and easy to understand. Writing exam in 2 days. I wish there were sample test at end of each session or chapter

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