So, What's the Big Deal About Scrum?

A Methodology Handbook for Developers

Non-Fiction - Occupational
82 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2019
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Author Biography

André Akinyele is a game developer and software engineer with extensive experience working with application, game, software, and web developments. While applying Scrum as a development framework, he helps his company develop products more efficiently and economically, thus reaching its maximum potential through the use of Scrum. He is the author of the short essay "What's So Special About Scrum?", written for the Information Technology (IT): Software Engineering Master's Degree Program at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). The essay is used as a reference worldwide in industry and colleges. His diverse development projects have included implementing software for government federal agencies, web development for famous musicians, and software tests for audio production software companies. Akinyele has a Master's in Science (M.S.) in Information Technology (IT): Software Engineering from UMUC.

When he was in graduate school at UMUC studying for his Master's in Information Technology: Software Engineering, he remembered having to utilize wide-ranging reading sources to understand Scrum. The information was scattered and detailed in various books and articles which all stated the same or conflicting information. He wished there was one definitive book that detailed quickly the who, what, where, when, why, and how on Scrum. And here it is!

André Akinyele is also a musician, graphic designer, and an entrepreneur.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

So, What’s the Big Deal About Scrum? is a work of non-fiction penned by author André Akinyele on the topic of occupational methodology, and is self-described as ‘A Methodology Handbook for Developers’. The Scrum method is designed to help productivity and collaboration when developing digital media such as apps, games, and software, right from the initial planning stages of a product through to scheduling its final release out into the wider world. This concise handbook is designed so that employees in any position, as well as new workers and students, can read about the methodology and understand how it interlinks with different departments in order to be implemented successfully.

Although this is a field I’m largely unfamiliar with, author André Akinyele made it very easy to understand how the cooperative principles of Scrum really work in an office setting, thanks to clear descriptions that only use technical jargon when absolutely necessary. The guidebook is definitely written with the lowest level of knowledge in mind so that anyone from any stage of their induction into this field can understand it, and there are also helpful diagrams, when appropriate, to clarify meaning. The chapter structure is well thought-out, with subheadings that will help those actively using the method to find the relevant stage of their project quickly, and the guide covers every imaginable stage in development with the same intricate level of detail. Overall, So, What’s the Big Deal About Scrum? provides an excellent opening education to anyone interested in a new and productive methodology.