My recommended reading list for anyone using Scrum and Agile

Recommended Reading List

Agile Transition - What To Know Before Starting
Andrea Tomasini
Recommended for: Agile Coach, Agile Leader

Written by the agile coaches of agile42, Agile Transition shares some fundamental knowledge to support many of the observations and conclusions that the authors have identified within organizations that have transitioned to a more agile approach to work. The authors share their failures and learnings in organizations transitioning to embrace agile, and they share their experiences of what is required to succeed.

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Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Recommended for: Agile Coach, Agile Leader

What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common? Why are all forecasters con-artists? What can Catherine the Great's lovers tell us about probability? Why should you never run for a train or read a newspaper?

This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives, from bestsellers to world disasters. Their impact is huge; they're impossible to predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalize them.

Improv-ing Agile Teams: Using Constraints To Unlock Creativity
Paul Goddard
Recommended for: Agile Coach, ScrumMaster

Improvisation. The mere mention of the word makes many people quake with fear at the prospect of chaos and uncertainty. The fact is, though, human beings are improvising almost every minute of their lives it is more natural, and more filled with possibility, than you might imagine.

On stage, improvisational actors use simple rules, collaborative principles, and game constraints to build unscripted yet intriguing storylines. This book explores how those same simple rules and principles can help agile teams collaborate more effectively and how purposefully working within constraints can unlock creativity.

Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age
Roman Pichler
Recommended for: Agile Leader, Product Owner

Strategize offers a comprehensive approach to product strategy using the latest practices geared specifically to digital products. Not just theory, the book is chock-full of real-world examples, making it easier to apply the principles to your company and products. Strategize is essential reading for everyone in charge of products: product executives, product managers, and product owners.

Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team
Jurgen Appelo
Recommended for: Agile Coach, Agile Leader, ScrumMaster

Somewhere along the line, people collectively started thinking that work is work and fun is something you do on the weekends. This book shows you how to transform your organization into a place with enthusiastic Monday mornings.

· Redefine job titles and career paths

· Motivate workers and measure team performance

· Change your organization's culture

· Make management—and work—fun again

Modern organizations expect everyone to be servant leaders and systems thinkers, but nobody explains how. To survive in the 21st century, companies need to dig past the obvious and find what works. What keeps top talent? What inspires customer loyalty? The answer is great management, which inspires great employees, who then provide a great customer experience. Managing for Happiness is a practical handbook for achieving organizational greatness.

Coaching Agile Teams
Lyssa Adkins
Recommended for: Agile Coach, ScrumMaster

A great introduction to the many stances an agile coach or ScrumMaster may find themselves taking when helping teams and organisations become more agile.

Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams
Richard Banfield and Martin Eriksson
Recommended for: Agile Coach, Agile Leader, Product Owner

This insightful book presents interviews with nearly 100 leading product managers from all over the world. Authors Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson, and Nate Walkingshaw draw on decades of experience in product design and development to capture the approaches, styles, insights, and techniques of successful product managers. In three parts, Product Leadership helps you explore: Themes and patterns of successful teams and their leaders, and ways to attain those characteristics Best approaches for guiding your product team through the startup, emerging, and enterprise stages of a company's evolution Strategies and tactics for working with customers, agencies, partners, and external stakeholders

James Kerr
Recommended for: Agile Coach, Agile Leader

In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world's most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business.

Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success - sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you're gone?

Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind
Nancy Kline
Recommended for: Agile Coach, Agile Leader, Product Owner, ScrumMaster

The power of effective listening is recognised as the essential tool of good management. In this book, Kline describes how we can achieve this, and presents a step-by-step guide that can be used in any situation. Whether you want to have more productive meetings, solve business problems or build stronger relationships, this book offers you a new world of possibilities.

We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
John Buck and Sharon Villines
Recommended for: Agile Leader, ScrumMaster

Describing a governance model for society, this book provides an interesting alternative to the scaled frameworks for create an agile organizational environment.

Daniel H. Pink
Recommended for: Agile Coach, Agile Leader, ScrumMaster

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

Marty Cagan
Recommended for: Agile Leader, Product Owner

Why do some products make the leap to greatness while others do not?

Creating inspiring products begins with discovering a product that is valuable, usable, and feasible. If you can not do this, then it s not worth building anything.

- How do you decide which product opportunities to pursue?

- How do you get evidence that the product you are going to ask your engineering team to build will be successful?

- How do you identify the minimal possible product that will be successful?

- How do you manage the often conflicting demands of company execs, customers, sales, marketing, engineering, design, and more?

- How can you adapt Agile methods for commercial product environments?

Product management expert Marty Cagan answers these questions and hundreds more as he shares lessons learned, techniques, and best practices from working for and with some of the most successful companies in the high-tech industry.