Thursday, December 6, 2007

Suggested Resources for attendees at the Jim York Certified ScrumMaster course on Dec 4-5

Here are some suggested resources that came out of a Certified ScrumMaster course that Jim York and I just led.


On the Web
-- The Scrum-Dev yahoo discussion group. Enter with salt.


New New Product Development Game by Takeuchi and Nonaka. (See This is the article that directly led to Scrum (along with other sources). It also gave Scrum its name.

Key Words

Kaikaku - a rapid or radical change event (such as the initial implementation of Scrum)

Kaizen - continuous improvement (also used to refer to continuous improvement actions)

"Go to the Gemba" - Gemba in Japanese means "actual place" or the place where truth is. Similarities to the Godfather phrase "Go to the mattresses". With "go to the Gemba" we are typically asking a manager to go visit the Agile Team Room.

Genchi Genbutsu - Japanese for "Go and see for yourself". More roughly translated as "don't manage from behind a desk". In Agile, we might say, "Come to the demo and see for yourself" to a stakeholder. Or, to a manager "if you want to really know how the project is going, come to the Daily Standup or come to an Iteration Review." Closely related to "go to the Gemba" and Gemba Attitude. See

The ScrumMaster role:
"...whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as 'twere the
mirror up to nature: to show virtue her feature, scorn her own
image, and the very age and body of the time his form and
pressure." Hamlet. (That's a lot of what a ScrumMaster does.)


Communications Nodes PDF. See
The idea here is to show why we need small teams.
See also earlier posts tagged Recommended Reading.
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comprehensive list.

What about "Agile software Development with Scrum" and "Agile Project Management with Scrum"? Or are these books a given?

I'd have "Agile Estimating and Planning" at the top, followed by "Agile Retrospectives". I would also throw in "Planning Extreme Programming" and "Lean Thinking" (Womack and Jones) as something to read in a year or so.

Joe Little said...

Hi Lachlan,

The list was not in any order (except maybe the order of when each item came up in conversation). Ken Schwaber's other two books were a given, as you guessed.

I would not disagree with your other suggestions. Another one that I "use" a lot is Fearless Change, because I am always trying to influence people. And there are a few other Lean books that are great (but not the direct topic of a CSM course).

Regards, Joe

Anonymous said...

Fearless Change...I'll have to put it on my reading list, thanks

video resources

Ken Schwaber talking about Scrum at Google

How not to do a daily stand up

Joe Little said...

Hi Lachlan,

Yes, I like that video with Ken. And not bad for others to see that Google is interested. Pretty successful company is Google.

And, yes, The Dysfunctional Daily Stand-up. I recognize many (if not all) of those guys and gals. I think they did it at the last Scrum Gathering. Fun. They are all excellent Scrum coaches, pretending to do it the wrong way.