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Just the right balance of prescription and advice! We've made it the gold standard for all our scrum teams...
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2017
I run a large team of hundreds of developers (at Amazon, ironically, if you're reading this review!). After spending a couple years reading all the books about "scaling agile", etc, we have instead decided that we can get 90% of the benefit of Scrum and Agile by focusing on making each individual team rigorous and productive, and not focusing on the large scale so much. We then spent another year looking around for a method to follow. There are as many ways to do Agile as there are teams and projects; but we found that if we all adopted one philosophy/approach together, we could both help each other by moving teammates around between teams as their careers and desires led them but also so that all of our own tooling (a very heavily customized Jira instance) could benefit everybody.
We found Ken's book to be the one that we can all align on. It's prescriptive enough to be useful but loose enough that teams feel freedom to innovate. The examples and pictures are at just the right level. You can tell it's written by somebody who lives Agile, and this helps developers respect the content and have more open minds.
I now give a copy of Ken's book to every new manager, product manager, and senior engineer, with their name written on it, by me, with a welcome note from me inside the cover. Ken's book has been a huge help to our team and perhaps it can be to yours as well!