Everything You Need to Get Started with Agile Development

A Guest Post by Laszlo Szalvay, VP Worldwide Scrum Business at CollabNet

Recently I was asked by my new colleagues within our Codesion business unit of CollabNet to do a guest blog post on Agile and Scrum.

First off – I wanted to say, congrats to my new colleagues. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, I wanted to offer the Codesion audience some of my favorite blogs, quick links, and books that I am currently promoting when I do speaking engagements around the world. It’s a collection of stuff I’ve read and like and hopefully it provides a great start for you. As is the case with most things in life, some of this stuff is free and some of it you need to pay for.


ScrumMaster Checklist by Michael James, CollabNet

6 pages about Scrum by Michael James, CollabNet

Continuous Design by Jim Shore

Research Articles:

The current State of Agile Adoption by David Norton, Gartner

Agile beyond the development team by Dave West, Forrester

Webinars & Tutorials:

SCRUMCore webinars usually held weekly

Books – Agile Mechanics:

Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber

Agile Software Development with Scrum by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beddle

Scaling Lean and Agile Development by Bas Vodee & Craig Larman

Enterprise-Scale Agile Software Development (Applied Software Engineering Series) by Jim Schiel

Books about Agile Values:

Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno

Corps Business: The 30 Management Principles of the U.S. Marines By David Freedman

Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency by Tom Demarco

Management 3.0 by Jurgen Apello

My top 7 predictions for the Agile community comes out soon in CM Crossroads next week. I will update this post when that happens. As always – I am available if you call CollabNet and ask for me.

About Laszlo Szalvay

In August 2000, Laszlo Szalvay founded Danube Technologies, Inc. with his brother Victor in Seattle, Wash. Although Danube was originally created to manage outsourced software projects, the company’s focus soon shifted to helping organizations transform to Agile management practices. When an internal tool that Danube developed to improve its own processes became a hit with clients, Danube inadvertently discovered its flagship product, ScrumWorks® Pro. Danube has also introduced a services division, now called ScrumCore, in August 2004, which provides Scrum and XP coaching to clients.

In February of 2010 CollabNet acquired Danube. Currently, Laszlo serves as VP Worldwide Scrum Business. In this role, he drives the company’s Scrum Business, implementing and executing business initiatives that accelerate growth.

Laszlo graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2000, where he studied economics and earned departmental honors. He lives in Washington State with his wife, Alison, and their daughter, Claire. In his free time, Laszlo enjoys barbecuing, collecting Oregon Pinot Noir, playing speed chess, and spending time with old friends and family.

Laszlo Szalvay

Laszlo Szalvay is one of the foremost Scrum experts in the software industry. At CollabNet he oversees the company’s global Scrum business, helping organizations adopt and scale Scrum-based initiatives to drive productivity and quality improvements. He creates engagement frameworks to forge lasting Agile-process transformations at customer sites, using a personal approach to teaching and implementing Lean/Agile/Scrum processes as a means of achieving greater IT agility. He is expert at leading successful distributed Agile environments (usually with an Indian or Chinese offshore model), and addressing cultural nuances, replication issues, and capital and headcount resource requirements. Prior to CollabNet, Szalvay co-founded and led operations for Danube, a leader in Scrum tools and training, before it was acquired by CollabNet. He is an active industry thought leader, having written and contributed hundreds of articles, presentations and blogs on improving software delivery through Scrum. Since mid-2010, Szalvay has traveled more than 330,000 miles throughout Europe, Asia and North America, working with CollabNet customers and partners to gain a unique perspective of the complexities and success strategies of a globally distributed software organizations.

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