Book List & Other Agile Resources

Below is the book list to get you started.

 Understanding the Agile Manifesto - A Brief and Bold Guide to Agile By Larry Apke

  - This book offers in-depth commentary and explanations on Agile methodology's foundation, the Agile Manifesto.

 The-Toyota-Way-Management-Manufacturer, By Jeffery K. Liker

- Reveals the 14 foundational management principles behind the automaker's world-famous system of "Lean production."

 The-Goal-Process-Ongoing-Improvement - By Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox

-  A Business Novel that introduces the Theory of Constraints

The-Phoenix-Project-A Novel about IT, DevOPS, and helping your Business Win, By Gene Kim, Kevin Hehr, and George Spafford

- A modern Business Novel inspired by the Goal. This novel frames how a core, chronic conflict between DevOps and IT creates failure for the entire IT organization, as well as the organization it serves; and follows the team as they change 'business as usual' and succeed in saving the business.

 Scrum, the Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, By Jeff Sutherland

-          A great read about how Scrum came to be, and some real world scenarios of how it has worked (including a look at the first Agile Framework/Gov’t contract)

Agile Software Development a Cooperative Game, Second Edition  By Alistair Cockburn

 - A great book that illuminates the agile model, shows how it has evolved, and snaweers the question developers and project manager most often ask, such as where does agile development fit into our organization, how do we blend agile ideas with other ideas? How do we extend agile ideas more broadly?

Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn

Agile Software Requirements, Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs and the Enterprise,  Dean Leffingwell

Agile Game Development with Scrum, Clinton Keith

Henrik Kniberg: Scrum and XP From the Trenches Also available as a downloadable PDF.  If you’re a newcomer to Scrum, and you’re going to read only one Scrum book, make it this one.

Henrik Kniberg and Mattias Skarin: Kanban and Scrum – Making the most of both In the style of Scrum and XP from the Trenches, this book is ultra-practical and useful without becoming a “guide for dummies.” Available as a print book and as a downloadable PDF.

Ken Schwaber & Mike Beedle: Agile Software Development with Scrum The original Scrum book. Good, clear overview of the practices and principles of Scrum. It is somewhat out-of-date now, as Scrum has progressed since the book was written, but it is still a valuable read.

Menlo Innovations Team: Innovative Exploration A picture book about how Menlo Innovations does XP (really, truly, fully).  Great for showing people what it should look like and how it should work when done well.

Mike Cohn: User Stories Applied This clear and simple book covers the aspects of writing, estimating, prioritizing and committing to product requirements. Essential reading for Product Owners.

Mike Cohn: Agile Estimating and Planning What are story points again? Why do we use them and not estimated hours? This book will refresh you on these topics and help you become good at estimation and release planning.

 Mike Cohn: What is agile and Scrum and Scrum described

 Scrum Alliance: What is Scrum

 InfoQ interview with Jeff Sutherland: Scrum and Not Scrum — with video.

 Tobias Mayer: Essence of Scrum

 Lyssa Adkins: The Road from Project Manager to Agile Coach
YouTube video, in two parts. Part two is here.

 Michael James: A Scrum Master’s Checklist

 Lyssa Adkins and Michael K. Spayd: The Manager’s Role in Agile

 Lyssa Adkins’ video: Interlocking Roles in Agile

 Jim Highsmith: Agile Project Management – Creating Innovative Products  Good overview of Agile approaches to project management. This is more “managerial” and offers some good ideas for working with customers.

 Professional Coaching

Powerful Questions Cards from the Coaching Agile Teams class

Deb Preuss: Powerful Questions Cards (more!)

Tony Stoltzfus: Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills This is the full-of-easy-and-useful-stuff book that David and Allison love.

Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins


Facilitating with Ease by Ingrid Bens, this book is full of great exercises, techniques, & mindsets for facilitators.

Collaboration Explained by Jean Tabaka, a great book for agile coaches about being a good facilitator. Check out the section with starter agendas for sprint planning and other agile meetings.

Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, to help you create retrospectives that have people get up from the conference room table and come up with real insights. Our copy of this one has stickies all over it and coffee stains and worn out pages. That’s how much we use it.

The Tao of Holding Space: 81 short chapters on facilitating open space by Chris Corrigan, a grounding set of principles for creating space in one’s facilitation.  Printed cards by Deborah Preuss.

Servant Leadership

Drive,  The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink

Switch, How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath and Dan Heath