Essential Scrum

Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process by Kenneth S. Rubin 

This book is one of the greatest book related to Scrum so I strongly recommend it to every new Scrum Master or Product Owner interested in digging more deeply on Scrum.

Rubin started showing the Scrum roles where describe piece by piece every aspect of each role. In addition, he gave you many tips to help you to hire (or assign) good Scrum Masters and Product Owners.

Secondly, Rubin describes every Scrum ceremony such as Daily meeting (or Stand up meeting), Sprint Planning, Release Planning, Sprint Review (or Demo) and Sprint Retrospective. In each of them Rubin explains what is the goal and what is the best way to conduct.

Thirdly, Rubin discuss about how to deal with the Product and Sprint Backlog.

Fourthly, the author use great graphics to point out every concept in the book. Those images are very helpful to the reader to understand very well and easy what is the idea that Rubin want to transmit us.

“Amazon said:

The Single-Source, Comprehensive Guide to Scrum for All Team Members, Managers, and Executives

 If you want to use Scrum to develop innovative products and services that delight your customers, Essential Scrum is the complete, single-source reference you’ve been searching for. Leading Scrum coach and trainer Kenny Rubin illuminates the values, principles, and practices of Scrum, and describes flexible, proven approaches that can help you implement it far more effectively.

Whether you are new to Scrum or years into your use, this book will introduce, clarify, and deepen your Scrum knowledge at the team, product, and portfolio levels. Drawing from Rubin’s experience helping hundreds of organisations succeed with Scrum, this book provides easy-to-digest descriptions enhanced by more than two hundred illustrations based on an entirely new visual icon language for describing Scrum’s roles, artefacts, and activities.

Essential Scrum will provide every team member, manager, and executive with a common understanding of Scrum, a shared vocabulary they can use in applying it, and practical knowledge for deriving maximum value from it.”

After reading many Scrum books I would like to admit that “Essential Scrum” is a must reading for every Scrum practitioner!!!


Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile.


I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally
different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible
to implement it.

Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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