This book is the result of hundreds of hours spent training, coaching, thinking, writing and learning about scrum. In our training courses we teach scrum interactively, because we find that experience is the best teacher. So when we set out to write a book to serve as a companion to our work in the field, we didn’t want to produce just another technical training manual that explains the rules of scrum in an officious, business-y tone that is as dry as day old toast and just as easy to swallow. We wanted instead to write the kind of book people would consider a good read.
But how to translate our experiential style into a book? We knocked around a lot of ideas, but circled back to the technique humans have been using to pass on information in the most accessible, meaningful, retainable form, and that is storytelling. So you won’t find a lot of bullet points in The Elements of Scrum. What you will find instead are lots and lots of anecdotal explanations, historical examples, and frank opinions couched in terms of our own and others’ real-life experiences in the field. As co-authors, Chris brought the subject matter expertise, and Hillary brought the novelist’s engaging writing style.
Watch co-author Chris Sims in “Scrum in 13 Minutes”: