Recommended Agile Books
Recently Mike Cottmeyer recommended a list of books for traditional project managers and new teams trying to make a move towards Agile. He listed the following books, along with a short reason for adding them to the list
- Extreme Programming Explained - Kent Beck - The practices behind XP are the the secret sauce that makes all the agile project management and leadership stuff really hum.
- Managing Agile Projects with Scrum - Ken Schwaber - Does a great job explaining the project management side of Scrum and is a great resource for someone just getting their feet wet with agile.
- Agile Estimating and Planning - Mike Cohn - If you understand the fundamentals and want to put planning structure around agile, read this book.
- User Stories Applied - Mike Cohn - Understanding how to write requirements as functional threads valuable to a customer is hard... this book helps you do it better.
- Agile Software Development - Alistair Cockburn – A must read for the advanced Agile practitioner. It describes software development as a cooperative game... similar to musicians improvising on stage.
- Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility - Michele Sliger and Stacia Broderick – Maps processes behind PMP to Agile. Must read for the PMP trying to manage an agile project.
- Scaling Lean & Agile Development - Bas Vodde and Craig Larman - Provides a valid perspecitve on how to scale agile to the enterprise.
- Scaling Software Agility - Dean Leffingwell - Adequately addresses dealing with agile at scale in a complex enterprise.
- Managing Iterative Software Development Projects - Kurt Bittner and Ian Spence – More on RUP but does a solid job of explaining iterative and incremental software project management.
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A few books from Jurgen’s list include
- Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns and Practices - Robert C. Martin
- Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code - Martin Fowler
- The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master - Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
- Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit - Mary Poppendieck, Tom Poppendieck
- Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams - Alistair Cockburn
- Test Driven Development: By Example - Kent Beck
- Agile Project Management
- Project Requirements, Estimation and Planning
- Continuous Process Improvements
Ryan Cooper, suggested his list of 10 Must-Read books for people already doing Agile development and others who are curious to learn Agile but are still skeptical. Apart from the books already mentioned above, Ryan mentioned a list of books which deal with people, communication and risk management. His list included
- The Goal - Eliyahu Goldratt
- Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas - Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising
- Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects - Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister
- Crucial Conversations - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
- Peopleware - Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister
most of these are on my list, too!
A good list
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Olav Maassen, Liz Keogh & Chris Matts Mar 08, 2014