Our book is clearly the best thing since sliced bread (some say it’s even better!):
Lowe, D., Wyllie, J., Vara, J. (2016). Scrum 101: the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum Leanpub.com
Scrum 101 provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum. It is based on real questions from real people in real talks, groups and workshops..
But there are other books that we recommend, such as:
Adkins, L. (2010). Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in TransitionAddison Wesley. Also available for Kindle
My review: A fantastic book that is relevant for ScrumMasters and those wanting to enter into coaching, as well as long-time coaches.
Anderson, D.J. (2010). Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business Blue Hole Press. Also available for Kindle
My review: The seminal text on Kanban. If you are thinking of using Kanban, this is a must have book. By the end of the book you’ll have a great understanding of the basics ideas surrounding Kanban and how to get stuck in.
Anderson, D.J. (2012). Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban Blue Hole Press. Also available for Kindle
My review: A collection of David Anderson’s past blog posts – edited and updated in light of recent thinking. If you like dipping into topics in order to get an understanding (on pretty deep areas such as Deming, Drucker and Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints), then this is one for you.
My review: If you’re thinking of implementing agile, then this is the most common starting point. Cohn has worked for Fortune 500 companies, small startups, and everything in between, in many environments. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer from Colorado and author of Mountain Goat Software.com.
Cohn, M. (2009). Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum Addison Wesley. Also available for Kindle
My review: Focusing on the details of Scrum, Cohn uses his vast knowledge to explain basic concepts and tricks-of-the-trade. Another essential book for anyone using Scrum.
Davies, R., Sedley, L. (2009). Agile Coaching Pragmatic Bookshelf.
My review: Davies has a really approachable style with a gentler approach to coaching – using her wide experience from working with many companies.
DeMarco, T., Lister, T. (2003). Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects Dorset House Publishing Co. Also available for Kindle
My review: this is not an agile or lean book, but is essential for any project. How do you decide whether something is worth doing if you do not consider the risks and value? Although this book explains some very helpful methods, it does so without going into complicated maths.
My review: Retrospectives are easy to run, but difficult to run well. This book gives some great ideas (although some are wacky) of how to brighten up your retrospectives. Say goodbye to happy/sad/mad.
Goddard, P. (2015). Improv-ing Agile Teams: Using Constraints To Unlock Creativity Amazon.
My review: The book is structured into 5 logical sections, has excellent concise summaries, followed by a digestible number of games (along with a smattering of general coaching pointers along the way). Not all of the games are my style, but that’s a sign that the book is catering for different preferences. Definitely recommended reading for any Scrum Masters / Delivery Managers and coaches.
My review: A novel about a manufacturing plant and how they discover the benefits of Kanban. Concepts such as the Theory of Constraints and Drum-Buffer-Rope all explained within a fabulously easy-read.
Goldstein, I. (2013). Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners: Agile Tactics, Tools & Tips Addison Wesley. Also available for Kindle
My review: The basics of agile and Scrum are not that difficult. However, Ilan Goldstein delivers a wealth of pragmatic tips and tactics that benefit newbie and experienced Scrum practitioners alike.
Gray, D., Macanufo, J. (2010). Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers O;Reilly Media. Also available for Kindle.
My review: A really useful book with loads of great ideas for how to run retros: including warm-ups to run before retros and warm-downs too. I always say that retros are one of the easiest ceremonies to run, but one of the hardest to run well. This book will help you achieve the latter.
Hubbard, D. W. (2010). How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business John Wiley & Sons.
My review: An amazing book that will not only encourage you to improve your ability to estimate, but will also help you understand why and what you are estimating, as well as understanding risk. Can’t recommend it enough.
Kniberg, H. (2007). Scrum and XP from the Trenches Lulu.com
My review: One of the first books I ever read (as a PDF when it was first written) and still one of my favourites. Kniberg tells us how HE used Scrum and XP with a client in Stockholm. Probably the most approachable Scrum book I’ve ever read!
My review: Another approachable and fascinating book from Henrik Kniberg – this time focusing on the differences between Scrum and Kanban, along with another case study.
Kniberg, H. (2011). Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban Pragmatic Bookshelf. Also available for Kindle
My review: A fascinating read involving a case study of how a Scrum-Kanban hybrid was applied to a large project with the Swedish police (along with some explanatory inspection of elements afterwards).
Lencioni, P. (2002). The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable John Wiley & Sons. Also available for Kindle
My review: Very easy to read as 80% of the book is told as a story (similar to The Goal and The Phoenix Project). This isn’t an agile or lean book, but is applicable to any industry and any business. Want to get ideas about how to improve your team? Then check out this book.
Pink, D. H. (2011). Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Canongate Books.
My review: Pink draws from decades of research into motivation to show us that what people now require to succeed is autonomy, mastery, and purpose. It’s an amazing book that will change your outlook on what makes people tick. It’s also a really easy read.
Vacanti, D. S. (2015). Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability Leanpub.
My review: A thorough description of how and why to use and create Cumulative Flow Diagrams, scatterplots, histograms.
Watts, G., Morgan, K. (2015). The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering The Twelve Traits That Trap Us Inspect & Adapt Ltd.
My review: This is a thoroughly engaging book and one which I urge any scrum master, deliver manager or coach to read. You can read our full review in our blog post from November 2015.
Womak, J.P., Jones, D.T., Roos, D. (2007). The Machine That Changed the World: How Lean Production Revolutionized the Global Car Wars Simon & Schuster Ltd. Also available for Kindle
My review: A fascinating book about the Toyota Production System and foundation of lean in the manufacturing industry – from bespoke production through to Ford’s mass-production to the Japanese introduction of Lean to the West.
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