Books - Overview (tags)

Team Coaching - Books

Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins
The book from 2010 is still a very good start in exploring ways to help your teams forward. It is not only aimed at teams but also at you, the coach, Scrum Master or manager.
Coaching Agile Teams
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
Although Patrick Lencioni has written over ten books in the last decades, this is his most well known from 2002. If you are enthusiastic then we definitely recommend Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team from 2005 as an follow up.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Continuous Improvement - Books

Agile Retrospectives, Esther Derby & Diana Larsen
This is a practical book, written to continuously improve your development project. Based on the authors experiences in real world situations.
Agile Retrospectives
Liberating Structures, Keith McCandless & Henri Lipmanowicz
The last few years these guys have gained substantial traction with their development of getting the most when working in and with large groups. The book is a real gain for people who love to read from good old paper. The accompanying website is perfect for looking up formats or digging through all of them.
Liberating Structures
Getting value out of Agile retrospectives, Ben Linders & Luis Goncalves
Ben Linders and Luis Goncalves put together a nice book on running retrospectives. A little about the how and why of actually investing time in doing retrospectives. Besides the theory there are over 13 retro formats covered. You can download this book free from InfoQ.
Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives
Fifty ideas to improve your retrospectives, Ben Williams & Tom Roden
For a mere 10 dollars you can read up on a digital version from Epub and learn from the 50 ideas from Ben en Tom.
Fifty quick ideas to improve your retrospectives
Become a retrospective rockstar, 21 different authors
This booklet is also available for free! Download a copy from Retrium and learn from the experiences from over 15 authors.
Become a retrospective rockstar

Lean - Books

The Machine that Changed the World, James Womack, Daniel Jones & Roos
If you are new to Lean this is the book you could start from. It came out in 2007 and has great reviews. In an in-depth analysis on the automobile industry – based on Toyota of course – the authors describe the principles of lean production
The Machine that Changed the Wolrd
Lean Software Development, Mary & Tom Poppendieck
In this book the couple Poppendieck made a strong translation from lean in production environments into the world of software development. It still is a solid work that provides enough insights to improve one’s organization or team’s setup.
Lean Software Development
Lean Startup, Eric Ries
In his 2011 book Ries shares his learnings and ideas on the way startups should manage there often turbulent first years.
The Lean Startup

DevOps - Books

The DevOps Handbook, Gene Kim, Jez Humble, e.a.
At a lot of organizations this book, from 2016, is the first book people read when moving towards DevOps. It is a solid work, combining insights from a lot of other pioneering IT professionals as well. If you are afraid it is only about managerial or mindset, don’t worry. There is much attention on improving the all the relevant flows, but it is build on technical insights and ideas.
The DevOps Handbook
The Phoenix Project, Gene Kim, Kevin Berh, George Spafford
This books tells us the story of Bill. A nice guy we get to know but one who faces challenges with his new project code named ‘Phoenix’. It is paramount for the survival of his company and he needs to report directly to his CEO. In this swift read he learns new ways of looking at IT and knowing how and where to improve it.
The Phoenix Project

Agile Leadership - Books

The Age of Agile, Stephen Denning
In his book Stephen Denning describes common pitfalls nowadays managers should avoid if they want to transform their organization into the new agile era.
The Age of Agile
Management 3.0, Jurgen Appelo
Provocative as he can be, Jurgen Appelo describes his thoughts and ideas for managers to become the managers agile organizations need. Do not expect to find checklists but insights what makes organizations and its people tick.
Management 3.0
Managing for Happiness, Jurgen Appelo
Some authors deserve to be twice in one list 🙂 For us that is the case with Jurgen Appelo. Managing for Happiness could just as easily be tagged under tools. It contains a number of formats, tools and approaches for anyone – not just managers – to make working in an organization a little bit better. Of course better here also means that people are becoming a bit more happy in their daily endeavors.
Managing for Happiness

Scrum - Books

INTRO – How to find the most useful books in the immense collection of literature available? These are the reads that offer a great start and can lead you to new resources as well. The beauty of Scrum books is that they seem to age very well.

SCRUM – a Smart Travel Companion, Gunther Verheyen
In the last 20 years Scrum has proven itself to be the market standard framework for organizations working Agile. Despite this tremendous success many organizations still find themselves in the middle of an Agile transition. The Scrum beginner and professional both have an ongoing need for a short descriptive overview of the framework. For both target audiences the book “SCRUM a pocket guide – A Smart Travel Companion” is a useful tool in the world of Scrum. See full (review).
Scrum a Smart Travel Companion
Essential Scrum – a Practical Guide…, Kenneth Rubin
Scrum veteran Kenneth Rubin has been a consultant and trainer with Scrum Alliance for years. His book has guided Scrum enthusiast around the globe.
Essential Scrum a Practical guide
SCRUM – The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, Jeff Sutherland
SCRUM The Art of doing Twice...
Scrum Insights for Practitioners, Hiren Doshi
SCRUM Insights for Practitioners
Software in 30 Days, Ken Schwaber & Jeff Sutherland
Software in 30 Days
De kracht van SCRUM, Rini van Solingen (in Dutch)
De Kracht van Scrum
Het SCRUM Modellenboek, Rik van der Wardt
See the full review: (review in Dutch)
Het SCRUM Modellenboek