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Christiaan Verwijs

Zombie Scrum Survival Guide

Zombie Scrum Survival Guide

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Escape "Zombie Scrum" and Get Real Value from Agile!
"Professional Scrum and Zombie Scrum are mortal enemies in eternal combat. If you relax your guard, Zombie Scrum comes back. This guide helps you stay on your guard, providing very practical tips for identifying when you have become a Zombie and how to stop this from happening. A must-have for any Zombie Scrum hunter."
--Dave West, CEO, Scrum. org

"Barry, Christiaan, and Johannes have done a magnificent job of accumulating successful experiences and sharing their inspiring stories in this very practical book. They don't shy away from telling it like it is, which is why their proposals are always as useful as they are grounded in reality."
--Henri Lipmanowicz, cofounder, Liberating Structures

Millions of professionals use Scrum. It is the #1 approach to agile software development in the world. Even so, by some estimates, over 70% of Scrum adoptions fall flat. Developers find themselves using "Zombie Scrum" processes that look like Scrum, but are slow, lifeless, and joyless. Scrum is just not working for them.

Zombie Scrum Survival Guide reveals why Scrum runs aground and shows how to supercharge your Scrum outcomes, while having a lot more fun along the way. Humorous, visual, and extremely relatable, it offers practical approaches, exercises, and tools for escaping Zombie Scrum. Even if you are surrounded by skeptics, this book will be the antidote to help you build more of what users need, ship faster, improve more continuously, interact more successfully in any team, and feel a whole lot better about what you are doing. Suddenly, one day soon, you will remember: that is why we adopted Scrum in the first place!
  • Learn how Zombie Scrum infects you, why it spreads, and how to inoculate yourself
  • Get closer to your stakeholders, and wake up to their understanding of value
  • Discover why Zombie teams can't learn, and what to do about it
  • Clear away the specific obstacles to real continuous improvement
  • Make self-managed teams real so people can behave like humans, not Zombies
Zombie Scrum Survival Guide is for Scrum Masters, Scrum practitioners, Agile coaches and leaders, and everyone who wants to transform the promises of Scrum into reality.

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Author: Christiaan Verwijs, Johannes Schartau, Barry Overeem
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Published: 11/25/2020
Pages: 320
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.10h x 7.00w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780136523260

About the Author
Christiaan Verwijs aims to unleash organizational superpowers. He is co-founder of The Liberators, experienced Scrum Master, developer, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and Steward of the Professional Scrum Master II course at Scrum. org. He has spoken at Scrum Day Europe (2013-2018), XP Days 2017, and Liberating Structures Global Gathering 2018. Verwijs founded the Dutch Liberating Structures User Group (900+ members) and Liberators Network Meetup (250+ members). He blogs at medium website/the-liberators and zombiescrum. org.
Johannes Schartau is an Agile Coach, consultant, and facilitator who helps humans fight boredom and mindlessness on all scales, from individual to team to enterprise. He is Founder of the Liberating Structures User Group Hamburg (1,300+ members), as well as organizer and facilitator at numerous Liberating Structures Immersion Workshops. He writes at zombiescrum. org, and co-authored Liberating Strategy: Surprise and Serendipity Put to Work with Liberating Structures co-developer Keith McCandless.
Barry Overeem specializes in liberating organizations from outdated modes of working and learning. He is co-founder of The Liberators, experienced Scrum Master and facilitator, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and Steward of the Professional Scrum Master II course at Scrum. org. He has spoken at Scrum Day Europe (2013-2018), XP Days (2014-2018), and Agile/Scrum events in Spain, Ireland, London, Germany, Prague, Turkey, and elsewhere. He writes at medium website/the-liberators and zombiescrum. org, founded the Dutch Liberating Structures User Group and Liberators Network Meetup, and has run many Liberating Structures Immersion Workshops.

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