Originally created for agile software development, scrum provides project managers with the flexibility needed to meet ever-changing consumer demands. Presenting a modified version of the agile software development framework, Scrum Project Management introduces Scrum basics and explains how to apply this adaptive technique to effectively manage a wide range of programs and complex projects.
The book provides proven planning methods for controlling project scope and ensuring your project stays on schedule. It includes scrum tracking methods to help your team maintain a focus on improving throughput and streamlining communications. It also demonstrates how to:
- Combine traditional project management methods with scrum
- Adapt the familiar work breakdown structure to create scrum backlogs and sprints
- Use a scrum of scrums to manage programs
- Apply earned value management, critical path, and PERT in the context of scrum
Having successfully deployed and implemented scrum across multiple companies and departments, the authors provide valuable insight into how they achieved their past successes and how they overcame the trials involved with the deployment of a scrum environment. Throughout the text they discuss improvisation, creative problem solving, and emergent phenomena—detailing the methods needed to ensure your team achieves project success.
Table of Contents
Why Scrum? Scrum Basics. Scrum and Conventional Project Management. Complex Program Management. Scrum and Line Management. Scrum and the Waterfall Method. Scrum and Education. Scrum and Six Sigma. Scrum and Systems Engineering Defense-Style. Scrum and Service Industry. Scrum and Hospitals. Outsourced Scrum. The New Age.
Kim H. (“Vajramanas’’) Pries has four college degrees: BA History from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), BS Metallurgical Engineering from UTEP, MS Metallurgical Engineering from UTEP, and MS in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to the degrees, he has the following certifications:
- Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM)
– American Society for Quality (ASQ)
- Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE)
- Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
- Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE)
- Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
- Certified Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence (CMQ/OE)
- Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
Mr. Pries worked as a computer systems manager (“IT”), a software engineer for an electrical utility, and a scientific programmer on defense contract. For Stoneridge, Incorporated (SRI), he has worked as:
- Software manager
- Engineering services manager
- Reliability section manager
- Product integrity and reliability director
In addition to this, Mr. Pries provides Six Sigma training for bothUTEPand SRI, cost reduction initiatives for SRI. Mr. Pries is also a founding faculty member of Practical Project Management. Additionally, in concert with Mr. Quigley, Mr. Pries is the co-founder and principal with Value Transformation, LLC, a training, testing, cost improvement, and product development consultancy. Mr. Pries is also a lay monk in the Soto tradition of Zen Buddhism and functions as an Ino for the Zen Center of Las Cruces.
Mr.Pries’s first book was Six Sigma for the Next Millennium: A CSSBB Guidebook, now in a second edition as Six Sigma for the New Millennium: A CSSBB Guidebook, Second Edition (ASQ Quality Press). E-mail Mr. Pries at [email protected]