Scrum – A Pocket Guide (Zaltbommel: Van Haren Publishing, 2013)

This is the best book to read after you have spent some time with the scrum guide. Gunther Verheyen skillfully navigates the reader through the “why” of agile and the scrum framework in under 100 pages! His clear and insightful thoughts on scrum will give rookies and veterans alike plenty of material to mine and reflect on.

Here’s one of my favorite passages in the book:

Agile makes it explicit that success and progress in software development can only be determined by frequently inspecting working software and the actual value it holds for the people who will have to use it.

Verheyen’s passion for scrum permeates the book and is truly inspirational. He takes the scrum roles, artifacts, and events to a deeper level by providing an explanation of “why” the rules work and “how” the rules bind the roles, artifacts, and events together.

If self-organization and self-management leave you puzzled, you will find great value in this read. Verheyen tackles these topics in detail, and also devotes some pages to seldom discussed topics like the scrum values and the sprint goal.

The focus on “why” and “how” makes this book and excellent study guide for anyone seeking a certification from It has been listed a reference for each track and provides much of the knowledge needed to prepare for the assessments.

Verheyen has penned the defacto companion to the scrum guide. Anyone pursuing a career using agile and scrum should have this guide on their shelf, but always within reach. Highly recommended!

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