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Chapter 1. Scrum: Simple, Not Easy

Chapter 1. Scrum: Simple, Not Easy

Scrum is elegantly deceptive. It is one of the easiest frameworks to understand yet one of the hardest frameworks to implement well. I say “implement well” because Scrum’s inherent simplicity can seduce us into thinking it is easy to do, when in reality it can take years to do it well. Scrum seems to go against all that we have learned in our many, many years of waterfall development. It stands to reason that it will take us a while to unlearn our bad habits and adjust to a new reality.

In the appendix of this book I explain the mechanics of Scrum. If you are not familiar with Scrum and how it works, I suggest you start there. If you already have some background on what Scrum is, you know that the mechanics are fairly straightforward. So straightforward, in fact, that many mistakenly believe they “get it” and can begin immediately modifying Scrum to better fit their situation. Too often they instead find themselves lost or wounded, and in need of assistance, which is where this book comes in. The story that follows illustrates how quickly things fall apart when Scrum is implemented without understanding and without a solid grounding in the core agile concepts that make Scrum work.


  

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