The Professional ScrumMaster's Handbook
By Stacia Viscardi
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: April 2013
Pages: 336

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A natural and difficult tension exists between a project team (supply) and its customer (demand); a professional ScrumMaster relaxes this tension using the Scrum framework so that the team arrives at the best possible outcome.

"The Professional ScrumMaster's Handbook" is a practical, no-nonsense guide to helping you become an inspiring and effective ScrumMaster known for getting results.

This book goes into great detail about why it seems like you're fighting traditional management culture every step of the way. You will explore the three roles of Scrum and how, working in harmony, they can deliver a product in the leanest way possible. You'll understand that even though there is no room for a project manager in Scrum, there are certain "management" aspects you should be familiar with to help you along the way. Getting a team to manage itself and take responsibility is no easy feat; this book will show you how to earn trust by displaying it and inspiring courage in a team every day.

"The Professional ScrumMaster's Handbook" will challenge you to dig deep within yourself to improve your mindset, practices, and values in order to build and support the very best agile teams.


Focusing on the ScrumMaster role and responsibilities, this book presents solutions and ideas for common problems, improving the overall methodology of a ScrumMaster's approach.

Who this book is for

The Professional ScrumMaster's Handbook is for anybody who wishes to be a true ScrumMaster as the role was originally intended - a fearless, professional, change facilitator. This book extends your working knowledge of Scrum to explore other avenues and ways of thinking to help teams and organizations reach their full potential.

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    Comments about oreilly The Professional ScrumMaster's Handbook:

    In my 10+ years of working as a ScrumMaster, I have read numerous books and papers that have attempted to describe the role of the ScrumMaster and how to best fulfill it. To my dismay many of the works by prominent names in the Agile Community were a complete waste of time. Others were adequate, but none has been as thorough, thoughtful, and useful as The Professional ScrumMaster's Handbook. Stacia Viscardi draws upon a wealth of real-world experience to provide not only a comprehensive guide to all of the Scrum meetings and artifacts, but also an in-depth guide to the philosophy and principles necessary to be great team facilitator.

    I disagree with the reviewers who don't recommend this book for beginning ScrumMasters. I found that Chapter 1 provided a clear, concise description of the process, the roles and responsibilities, and the required meetings, of a Scrum team. This information could provide even a complete novice with a solid foundation upon which to get started. The rest of this manuscript provides insight into the challenges one can expect to meet and how to best address them. I would have loved to have had this book to serve as an additional "Scrum Buddy" in my formative days as a ScrumMaster.

    As an experienced practitioner, I found that this work challenges me to continue to grow and increase my skill-set in order to help my teams to provide the greatest possible value to our organization. I particularly liked the coaching provided on ways a ScrumMaster can assist in transitioning an existing culture to Scrum-based set of values, beliefs and behaviors.

    The author's ability to present an enormous amount of complex ideas in a manner that is easy to grasp quickly, makes this work a thoroughly enjoyable read. Her wit, candor and writing style, make this book feel more like an easy conversation with a great mind, rather than a dry lecture, a boring manual, or a sales pitch. My only complaint with this book is that it wasn't around sooner!

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