I'm looking for resources for Scrum. Online resources would be particulary suited, but I'm ready to consider books. There is much material available, and I have to say it's hard to choose the good ones. Can you help?

I'm not only looking for tutorial, but also for documents presenting the advantages and drawbacks of the method.


I'd recommend a lightweight book you can find online for free. It is Scrum and XP from the Trenches by Henrik Kniberg. It describes how SCRUM was implemented in a company with a lot of tips and insights about the process.


Scrum though prescriptive is very lightweight and needs to be augmented with technical practices. If you could buy just one book I would recommend Mike Cohn's User Stories Applied. In this book Mike covers Scrum in as much detail as some specific Scrum books and also provides great depth on one of the essential practices needed to be successful with Scrum.


I am a fan of All About Agile. The site has good articles on the basics in addition to aggregating the best articles from around the web. If you are looking for books, I recommend taking a look at Jurgen Appelo's list of top 20 agile books.


If you will consider books, the classics from Ken Schwaber: "Agile software development with Scrum" (ISBN 0130676349) and "Agile Project Management with Scrum" (ISBN 073561993X) are still good value.

More general Agile (but still with references to Scrum) are Mike Cohn's classics. The already mentioned "User Stories Applied" (ISBN 0321205685) and "Agile estimating and planning" (ISBN 0131479415).

For online resources I second "Scrum and XP from the trenches". Is also liked the summary given in "Scrum Primer" and the "Scrum rules Cheat Sheet".


I am unsure why the official scrum guide has not been listed. The last time it was updated is Oct 11 but it is due to be updated this year.

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I can recommend "Balancing Agility and Discipline" by Boehm and Turner. This book compares quite a few methodologies, each with their own characteristics on the "planning continuum".


I recommend the online training materials of international scrum institute. http://www.scrum-institute.org/

I also like their discussion regarding large teams and the recognition of having feature and component team in a scrum environment.


I usually read articles in the Agile area of DZone http://www.dzone.com/mz/agile, this place is maintained by Atlassian (JIRA maker), and it's filled with articles written by good authors like Martin Fowler, Roman Pichler, etc

You can look for Scrum specific articles with this tag: http://agile.dzone.com/category/tags/scrum

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