Top Agile Books
Jurgen used the approach of getting the ratings from both Amazon and GoodReads, and the dates they were first published. He also used the “also bought this book” feature of Amazon, popularity based on the number of ratings and quality based on average rating along with a few more considerations to arrive at his list.
Jurgen's latest list has the following books in the top 10 amongst the top 100:
|1||Agile Estimating and Planning||Mike Cohn||2005|
|2||Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship||Robert C. Martin||2008|
|3||Working Effectively with Legacy Code||Michael Feathers||2004|
|4||Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code||Martin Fowler, et al.||1999|
|5||The Art of Unit Testing: With Examples in .Net||Roy Osherove||2009|
|6||Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices||Robert C. Martin||2002|
|7||The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master||Andrew Hunt, David Thomas||1999|
|8||Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business||David J. Anderson||2010|
|9||Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum||Mike Cohn||2009|
|10||Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests||Steve Freeman, Nat Pryce||2009|
Last year, InfoQ had a similar post about the book recommendations from the Agile community.
In that list, Mike Cottmeyer had recommended the following books along with a reason for the recommendation:
- 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.
- Agile Software Development: A Cooperative Game (2nd Ed) by Alistair Cockburn
- Agile Estimation and Planning by Mike Cohn
- Collaboration Explained by Jean Tabaka
Mark further mentioned the following books as important:
- Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen
- Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas by Mary Lynn Manns, Linda Rising
- User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development by Mike Cohn
Would you like to add a book that you recommend to the list?