Giveaway: Win Peter Saddington’s Scrum Pocket Guide and More

Scrum Pocket Guide

What’s the scoop?

I’m giving away:

  1. a downloadable PDF copy of Peter Saddington’s new book Scrum Pocket Guide: A Quickstart Guide to Practical Agile Software Development (sells for $17)
  2. an autographed copy of my book Teamwork Is An Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done When sharing Responsibility (sells for $19)
  3. a copy of my DVD The Journey to Responsibility and Self Leadership – Personal/Silver Edition (sells for $497)

Why?

Peter offered me a copy of his new Scrum Pocket Guide to give away. I thought it would be a fun thing to do and see what happens. Giveaway details are below.

My Review of the Scrum Pocket Guide

Peter Saddington must be a pretty busy guy. His Agile Scout blog devoted to democratizing agile is full of breaking news, important coverage and commentary. It’s a refreshing addition. If you don’t already subscribe to it, I’d consider it or at least read it regularly.

And now Peter’s published this handy reference guide.

First impressions

Scrum Pocket Guide is well written. Easy to read. Peter doesn’t waste your time. He’s concise. And the information is accurate – Peter represents Scrum well.

I’m not a fan of the cover – my wife said people who wore pocket protectors would like this book. Ouch. If you also don’t care for the cover then I’d invoke the rule that you can’t judge this book by it’s cover. A useful consideration about this impression: who am I to judge a book cover? Teamwork Is An Individual Skill claims one of the ugliest covers ever.

The internal design of Peter’s book is remarkably attractive, as a short reference guide should be. In fact, I made note of the designer to consider for one of my projects. Yes, it is pleasing and colorful, but that’s not all. The colors and icons on the internal pages provide useful flow and markers that make it easy and delightful to find what you are looking for.

My final first impression: It’s a long quickstart guide. Quickstart guides for setting up my bike computer or DVR are 4 pages at most. This one is 53 pages. Calling it a pocket guide is the better of the two metaphors.

What’s cool

Scrum Pocket Guide is organized around the

  • characters (Scrummaster, team members, etc.) you will encounter
  • vocabulary definitions (when teaching Scrum I find it helpful to capture our Glossary on a flip chart as terms and phrases are uncovered) you will use, and
  • meetings you will witness in Scrum

Get the PDF version. That’s the one I’m reading. It has clickable resource links, and plenty of them, to resources like the Agile Manifesto, industry alliances and lots more.

Each chapter averages just over one page in length so you can absorb it fast. Short lists of most important questions – for instance for Scrummasters, Product Owners, etc.) are included in most every chapter.

This book puts the focus on people and interactions — it opens with a chapter on servant leadership. That’s cool.

When appropriate, Peter includes photos from projects and scrum teams so you can see examples of task boards or other tools.

To sum it up

I liked this book and recommend it. I’ll carry it on my drive or in DropBox and refer to it in coaching engagements.

How to enter:

Simply leave a comment below about why you would like to win these three resources.

How to earn up to 3 extra entries:

Leave a separate comment for each extra entry.

  1. Subscribe to Christopher Avery blog updates (top right-hand corner) and leave me a comment on this post that you did. (I will never share my readers’ address).
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  3. Sign up for the next free preview of The Leadership Gift Program for Leaders.

{I received one book for this review and no other compensation. This is my honest opinion. This giveaway ends Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 6:00 PM USA Eastern. Three winners, one for each item, will be chosen by Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to my email. Open to U.S. residents only, will ship to USA addresses only (sorry international friends). Incorrect or incomplete entries are out of luck.}

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18 Responses to Giveaway: Win Peter Saddington’s Scrum Pocket Guide and More

  1. Agile Scout says:

    Epic! For the win! Thanks for reviewing the book!

  2. You are welcome Peter.

    I realize the post is unclear whether there will be one winner of all three items or three winners of one item each. It’s three winners: First winner will get first choice. Second place will get second choice. Third place will get the third prize. Comment to enter!

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  4. Patrick says:

    The reason for wanting to win these three resources is easy: because I am continuously uncovering better ways of learning, practicing and teaching agility and do not have these resources yet.

    A lot of companies have trouble starting working agile properly, so as a mentor, a practical guide would be a great tool. Besides that, leadership and responsibilities are key for succeeding (its about people in the first place), so I would like to see what you have to offer in that area and use it for the sake of getting people moving.

    In short: to learn and to share.

    Thanks for sharing the review and the opportunity.

  5. Mark Sixbey says:

    I currently manage 3 software development teams who are practicing lean software development. I need to constantly reinforce my skills to push my teams to become higher and higher performing teams. Each of these resources touches an area where my teams could use assistance. These resources would be extremely valuable to me as I push my teams to continuously improve.

  6. Chris says:

    Although I don’t use Scrum myself (and never have), I often interface with others who do. Having a pocket guide like this will assist me in building a shared vocabulary and help understand others’ needs.

    I’ve been interested in your book since I saw you speak last November, so of course I’d like to win it :)

    As for your DVD, although I’ve attended one of your workshops, I think the material would be useful for others where I work. I’ve shared the information with them, and they seem eager to learn more.

  7. For some people this would be shelf-ware. For me, I would share it with my QA support group here in Boise. Example: Tonight I am teaching the group the difference between SCRUM and Kanban. To do so I don’t want want to just lecture…. that is boring and ineffective. Instead I came up with a dice-based board game that feeds tasks and bugs through development, QA, and Release. The game is played twice, once in SCRUM and once in Kanban. Then the group compares throughput vs # tasks completed. We learn by doing. That’s why ‘Doing’ seminars are the best.

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  9. Ady says:

    Thanks for the review. Always looking to learn more and have found your blog one of the best.

  10. Lee Drake says:

    As a software development business owner who works with entrepreneurs, I’m in the unique position of helping entrepreneurs apply agile and scrum to both software development challenges and to business development. Using Agile and scrum to focus the innovation and ingenuity of entrepreneurs is an interesting and effective application of the technique, that falls outside of traditional software only applications.

  11. Annika says:

    0000000000000000000000000000000
    The comment comes from my son..
    Why?
    Because I probably need a backup aspect of my denial stage in my “project managing kind of work”
    I´m following you and think it many times needs much more fantasy and joy in everything we do… It would bee nice to sometimes gain something without effort,. Maybe something that make my head spin a joyful ride and makes my working- more “humorous-efficient”???

  12. I want to read your book since you came to Agile Vancouver so I’d be interested in wining it! :-)
    Thanks

  13. Torbjörn Gyllebring says:

    Why should I get the chance to pick one of these fantastic resources?
    I believe in making a difference through responsibility & excellence. That has taken me on a journey to absorb and learn as much I can about myself, responsible leadership and making an impact for, through and in collaboration with individuals. This has helped me as a individual contributor, when transitioning to a team leadership position and now my skills are getting stretched once more and I need all the support and inspiration I can get. These resources would be immensely valuable in continuing my journey. Thanks.

  14. Andy Bynum says:

    As an ops person I find it important to understand the “techical”process as well as the “mental” process used by agile developers.

    Agle development efforts rquire, in my opinion, even better integration with the eventual production support org.

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  16. Medhat Ali says:

    Thanks for the review

  17. Sven Munk says:

    We are trying to establish scrum after a long discussion and finding period. Finally! The guide would help me to understand faster and better what need to avoid during the implementation and would help us being successful in this big task.

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