Thoughts on "Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction"
I was recently browsing through books on agile when I came across "Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction". With 581 reviews, an average rating of 4.5 stars, a total of 54 pages and a price tag of a whopping 99 cents (for the Amazon Kindle edition), I couldn't pass it up.
As someone who has studied scrum and agile literature, attended training workshops and worked in an organization for a number of years using scrum and agile principles, I can't say I learned a lot from this book. That's not a knock against it, as the title states, it's introductory material.
What impressed me about this book is how clearly and concisely it explains the topic. It doesn't just explain "how", but also gives the "why" explanations while staying incredibly brief and light. I think it's a great introduction for anyone new to the topic who doesn't want to get bogged down with information overload.
If a team were looking to get started with using scrum, I think the first thing I'd recommend would be for everyone on the team to read this book, and discuss. It's an incredibly minor investment in both time and money and provides a lot of great introductory material.