Technology Guide "Agile Scrum" Wins Medalist Honors in New Apple Independent Book Awards

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Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions took first place in the Technology category of the New Apple Awards last year. I'm grateful for the honor, and I'm thrilled that the program continues to feature the book. Today, New Apple published a new press release about the book—"Technology Guide 'Agile Scrum' Wins Medalist Honors in New Apple Independent Book Awards." You can see the story here: https://www.pr.com/press-release/749081

Thank you to Chris Hare and Colin Giffen—the technical editors—for helping to make the book more clear, consistent, and valuable.

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Produce Planning Cards™ Help Agile Teams Estimate Work

Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™ introduced Produce Planning Cards™ to help agile teams estimate work. An overview of the tool and the technique is provided in a video presented by Agile Scrum and Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions™. It's available at https://vimeo.com/261680776, and it can be played below.

Produce Planning Cards™ Help Agile Teams Estimate Work from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.


For more information on the Produce Planning Cards™, visit
http://exceptional-pmo.com/Produce-Planning-Cards.

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"Agile Scrum" by Scott M. Graffius Receives 5-Star Review from Literary Titan

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Today,
Literary Titan bestowed their highest rating of 5 stars to the business and technology book, Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions. A press release from Scott M. Graffius, the author of the book, is located here. Additionally, the text from the release is provided below.

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"AGILE SCRUM: YOUR QUICK START GUIDE WITH STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS" BY SCOTT M. GRAFFIUS RECEIVES 5-STAR REVIEW FROM LITERARY TITAN

Los Angeles, CA — Literary Titan bestowed their highest rating of five stars to the business and technology book by Scott M. Graffius,
Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions. Literary Titan is an organization comprised of professional editors, writers, and professors; and they review English-language fiction and non-fiction works from around the world. Here's an excerpt from their review of Agile Scrum: "Unlike other books on the market, this one offers an informal look at Scrum without losing its practicality. The tone is conversational thus does not feel like a textbook, and it provides numerous examples and insight into real-world implementations of Scrum. I would recommend this to anyone looking to change their project management framework or work out knots in their current system. Scott M. Graffius delivers an in-depth understanding of the subject matter and instills the same in the reader."

There are a variety of frameworks supporting the development of products, and most methodologies fall into one of two broad categories: traditional or agile. Traditional practices engage sequential development, while agile models involve iterative and incremental deliverables. Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to best meet their business needs—and successfully manage projects, innovate, and prosper at astounding speed.

Scott released
Agile Scrum to provide those interested or involved in innovation, product development, project management, software development or technology management with a roadmap to implement Scrum, the most popular agile framework. It helps teams develop and deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, fast time-to-market, and continuous improvement—which supports innovation and drives competitive advantage.

Reactions to
Agile Scrum have been incredibly positive. Earlier honors include 16 first place wins from national and international competitions: the 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards (for Business-General, and also for Technology), 2016 London Book Festival (for Business), Fall 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards (for Business), 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards (for Informational), 2016 New Apple Book Awards (for Technology), 2017 Independent Press Award (for Technology), 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (for Technology), 2017 Pacific Rim Book Festival (for Business), 2017 Bookvana Awards (for Green/Conscious Business), 2017 Book Excellence Awards (for Technology), 2017 Best Book Awards (for Business Reference), 2017 New York City Big Book Awards (for Technology), 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards (for Science & Technology), 2017 Human Relations Indie Book Awards (for Workplace), and the 2018 Florida Book Festival (for Business).

About the author

Scott M. Graffius, PMP, CSP, CSM, CSPO, ITIL, LSSGB is a technology leader, project management expert, consultant, international speaker, and author. He founded and is CEO of Exceptional PPM and PMO Solutions, an Inc. Verified Business, which helps organizations better solve their problems and capitalize on opportunities via world-class project management related services. Results include more consistent realization of business outcomes, faster delivery speed, improved on-budget performance, higher satisfaction, and more. A fantastic agile transformation experience with a client in the entertainment industry was the inspiration for Scott's book,
Agile Scrum. He is a former vice president of a provider of diverse consumer products and services over the Internet including social networking and internet access. Before that, Scott worked in organizations with businesses ranging from advanced technology products and services to business services, retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, and entertainment. He has experience with consumer, business, reseller, government, and international markets, as well as experience spanning 20 countries. Scott lives in Los Angeles, California.

About the book

Agile Scrum is offered in paperback (ISBN-13: 978-1533370242, $19.95 USD) and ebook (ASIN: B01FZ0JIIY, $4.95 USD) formats at Amazon. The paperback is available in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The ebook is for sale in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Note for Editors: Review copies of this award-winning book are available to credentialed journalists upon request. Visit bit.ly/REVIEW-COPY.

Visit
AgileScrumGuide.com to learn more about the author and the publication. For more information on Literary Titan, visit literarytitan.com.

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Video: Agile Has a Long and Colorful Heritage

Agile Scrum Guide | Minisode | Agile Has a Long and Colorful Heritage from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.


A new 1-minute video, Agile Has a Long and Colorful Heritage, was just published. It is live at
https://vimeo.com/259429846 (and it can be played above).

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Four other videos were published earlier. They follow:


Agile Scrum Guide | Official Book Trailer from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.



Agile Scrum Guide | Minisode | Product Increment and a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Approach from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.



Agile Scrum Guide | Minisode | Ordering the Product Release Backlog from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.




Agile Scrum Guide | Minisode | Technical Debt from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.








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"Agile Scrum" Online Bonus Content — Updated on 8 March 2018

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Online bonus material—containing an ever-growing list of supplemental content that comes free with the purchase of
Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions—was updated today.

Contents include satisfaction survey examples, quizzes, tools, select resources, and more.

Instructions on how to access the online bonus material are provided inside the publication (both the ebook and the paperback book).

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Side-by-Side Comparisons of Scrum and Waterfall Methods: A Recap

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Agile/Scrum and traditional (waterfall) methods of development and delivery both involve planning followed by forms of execution, monitoring and controlling. However, there are significant distinctions. To help relate key differences, eight side-by-side comparisons were created. In alphabetical order, they are communications management, cost management, integration management, quality management, risk management, scope management, team management (some refer to this as human resources management), and time management. The comparisons were presented earlier via individual posts in this blog.

This article is a recap. It lists all of the comparisons and provides links to the respective posts where further details are available. Here they are:

Communications management - https://agilescrumguide.com/blog/files/Side-by-Side-Comparisons-of-Agile-Scrum-and-Waterfall-Models-A-Quick-Look-at-Communications-Management.html

Cost management - https://agilescrumguide.com/blog/files/Side-by-Side-Comparisons-of-Agile-Scrum-and-Waterfall-Models-A-Quick-Look-at-Cost-Management.html

Integration management - https://agilescrumguide.com/blog/files/Side-by-Side-Comparisons-of-Agile-Scrum-and-Waterfall-Models-A-Quick-Look-at-Integration-Management.html

Quality management - https://agilescrumguide.com/blog/files/Side-by-Side-Comparisons-of-Agile-Scrum-and-Waterfall-Models-A-Quick-Look-at-Cost-Management.html

Risk management - https://agilescrumguide.com/blog/files/Side-by-Side-Comparisons-of-Agile-Scrum-and-Waterfall-Models-A-Quick-Look-at-Risk-Management.html

Scope management - https://agilescrumguide.com/blog/files/Side-by-Side-Comparisons-of-Agile-Scrum-and-Waterfall-Models-A-Quick-Look-at-Scope-Management.html

Team management - https://agilescrumguide.com/blog/files/Side-by-Side-Comparisons-of-Agile-Scrum-and-Waterfall-Models-A-Quick-Look-at-Team-Management.html

Time management - https://agilescrumguide.com/blog/files/Side-by-Side-Comparisons-of-Agile-Scrum-and-Waterfall-Models-A-Quick-Look-at-Time-Management.html

The content includes excerpts from the award-winning book,
Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions. Agile Scrum is available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon. For more information on the book, you can watch the trailer at https://vimeo.com/178858753, and visit AgileScrumGuide.com.

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Video: Product Increment and a Mininimum Viable Product (MVP) Approach

Agile Scrum Guide | Minisode | Product Increment and a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Approach from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.


A new 1-minute video,
Product Increment and a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Approach, was just published. It is live at https://vimeo.com/258176585 (and it can be played above).

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Three other videos were published earlier. They follow:


Agile Scrum Guide | Official Book Trailer from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.




Agile Scrum Guide | Minisode | Ordering the Product Release Backlog from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.




Agile Scrum Guide | Minisode | Technical Debt from Scott Graffius on Vimeo.








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