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Title: Head First Agile
Author(s): Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene
Publisher: O'Reilly
Category: Project Management, Process & Best Practices


Amazon wrote:Head First Agile gets agile concepts, ideas, tools, and techniques into your brain… fast!
Agile is growing faster every day, all across the world--and for good reason. The tools, techniques, practices, and ideas behind the most popular agile methods and frameworks have revolutionized the way that people on teams work. Teams that go agile find that they work better together and deliver better, more valuable products to their users and customers. Head First Agile is a complete guide to learning agile and helping your team grow.

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    Head First books are always fun. I had read O'Reilly's “Learning Agile” by the same authors and there is some overlap. The Head First book was really “too easy” for me, but I read it to be entertained. And also to have a common language with those just learning agile.

    Early on, I had a moment of puzzlement – 30 days sprints in Scrum, really? Sixty pages  later, they do say that 2 weeks is more common.

    There are lots of interactive activities for reinforcement including crossword puzzles to review the terms. The madlibs style fill in the blanks is fun. As were the venn diagrams. I learned a couple new agile games like 1-2 words on how each team member is feeling.

    As with many agile books, I was inspired to try new things with my team. Even reading ideas you have heard before helps see those.

    The book ends with a full 128 questions PMP practice exam. I like how they kept all the PMP parts to two chapters at the back.

    I give this book 8 out of 10 horseshoes.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.
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