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Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners has hit the shelves!


Posted by Ilan on September 23, 2013
I'm Ilan Goldstein and I'm a director here at AxisAgile. I'm a Certified Scrum Trainer and the author of Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners. Find out more about me or get in contact with me by using the social buttons. I also respond to comments below.

It’s Out

With a huge sigh of relief I can happily say that my book, ‘Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners – Agile Tactics, Tools and Tips’, is well and truly out in the wild!
Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners by Ilan Goldstein - AxisAgile

I can humbly admit that I completely under-estimated the efforts required to turn my nebulous thoughts into a published work but now that it is finally in print, I’m really excited by the potential of what it can do to further support the awesome global Scrum community.

What’s it About?

Scrum is rapidly gaining momentum as the most popular agile framework primarily because its concepts are simple and they just make sense. However, this perceived simplicity often gives rise to the false sense that Scrum is a ‘silver bullet’ and trivial to implement. When ‘rubber hits the road’, the new Scrum team will often find that translating the framework into effective, practical approaches is anything but easy.

Full of easily digestible chapters, ‘Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners – Agile Tactics, Tools and Tips’ presents a range of tactics, tools and tips that may be employed by a Scrum team to help them reach the next level of efficiency and maturity.

Why I Wrote it

I wrote this book because, along my journey, I have acquired a significant number of cuts and bruises from tripping over stumbling blocks and banging my head against brick walls — frankly, implementing Scrum is really tough! It makes a whole lot of sense when the theory is explained to you, but gee whiz, try to get it up and running effectively and it is anything but trivial. Over a number of years, and after working with several teams, I finally began to see some return on investment from the bodily harm that had been inflicted. I had created an adaptable (and emergent) Scrum recipe book that worked across numerous different teams and several organizations, and I realized my hard-earned knowledge could help others working in similar environments.

For those of you that have attended AxisAgile’s Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner training, you can consider this book to be a natural extension of the practical lessons taught in those courses.

What People are Saying About it

I’ve been really flattered by the kind things people have been saying about the book including some of the greatest luminaries in our industry. Check out what they have to say here:

There is no better way to start off a book of this nature then with a foreword from the main man himself, Mike Cohn. Here’s a copy of his foreword on his own website.

Where you can get it

Scrum Shortcuts It is now available from all major booksellers but below are a few of the more popular links if you’d like to check it out:

Free Sample Chapters

If you’re not quite ready to commit to reading a whole book (don’t worry it’s not terribly long at 170 pages), please feel free to check out the three free sample print-ready chapters (containing 3 Shortcuts each) that you can download from the Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners website.

Finally, I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you liked the book, it would be really great and very much appreciated if you could leave a short Amazon review and/or a short Goodreads review.

Happy reading – I hope you enjoy!

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