A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game (published 2019/08/14)

In the pattern language movement, this book, long under development, is worth noting:

Jeff Sutherland, James O. Coplien, and The Scrum Patterns Group, A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game, The Pragmatic Bookshelf, Release 1.0 2019, ISBN: 978-1-68050-671-6, https://pragprog.com/book/jcscrum/a-scrum-book

The hardcopy book is also available via Amazon, at https://www.amazon.com/Scrum-Book-Spirit-Game/dp/1680506714

For background, there’s an interview with Jeff Sutherland and Jim Coplien as " Q&A on A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game" | Ben Linders | June 29, 2019 | InfoQ at https://www.infoq.com/articles/book-review-scrum-spirit-game/

The Scrum Book has two pattern languages:

  • The Product Organization Pattern Language; and
  • The Value Stream Pattern Language

The long development period for the 2019 publication dates back to 2008, when there was a preliminary meeting at VikingPLoP 2008. The second meeting at ScumPLoP 2010 meeting was described as the “world’s first topically focused PLoP” to capture patterns of Scrum practice.

The work of the worldwide community has been conducted in the wiki way.

The scale of the decade that passed between the initiation of the project and a bound copy of the book may be compared to that of Christopher Alexander.

The effort required for major works should not underestimated.

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” From his book, “The Road Ahead,” published in 1996. [via “The quotable Bill Gates” | Nancy Weil | June 23, 2008 | PC World at https://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/225699/quotable_bill_gates/

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Did you do a review of this somewhere?

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While I’m strong advocate of A Scrum Book, @Gryph , I’m currently not actively working on software development or other team-based projects where the patterns would apply.

The Scrum pattern language authors are practitioners, and are documenting what works for them.

The community is continuing to meet – at least it was planning to do so, before the pandemic - with ScrumPLoP 2020, October 29 to November 1.

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