A collegue of mine asked me yesterday, “As a CIO, what books should I read to get up to speed on Scrum?” Here are my recommendations:
These books are focused on strategic and operational management.
What are your suggestions for engineering practice books?
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I would recommend “The Art of Agile Development” by James Shore and Shane Warden.
You can see the interview with Shane on InfoQ: http://www.infoq.com/interviews/The-Art-of-Agile-Development-James-Shore
Another one is “Scrum and XP from the Trenches” by Henrik Kniberg. See http://blog.crisp.se/henrikkniberg/
These two proved to be usefull to me.
Not really about scrum, but for me a must read about making change happen:
“Fearless Change” by Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising.
Hi Jonas & Gerhard,
Thanks for the tips. Scrum and XP is great. It was probably the third Scrum book I read. I didn’t list it (blush) because when I read it, it wasn’t really a book, just a big PDF ;-). But you’re right, it goes on the main page.
I heard about Fearless Change at the German Scrum gathering last Friday. It sounds really interesting and I plan to put it on my holiday reading list.
I really like the Shore & Warden book. It's a good basis for building up the engineering skills in the team. The concept of "Études" is really useful.
There are now a few books in German:
Scrum – Agiles Projektmanagement erfolgreich einsetzen by Roman Pichler
Scrum. Produkte zuverlässig und schnell entwickeln by Boris Gloger
Ken Schwaber’s Agile Project Management with Scrum is also available in German.
I would add these two:
(a) Corps Business: The 30 Management Principles of the U.S. Marines: http://www.amazon.com/Corps-Business-Management-Principles-Marines/dp/0066619793/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237652286&sr=1-1
What's interesting about this one – is how much the culture of Scrum is described within.
(b) Slack by Tom Demarco is a must: http://www.amazon.com/Slack-Getting-Burnout-Busywork-Efficiency/dp/0767907698/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237652397&sr=1-1
The first two pages of the book will bring to light a great concept
Thanks for the list. A good recent book is
The Elements of Scrum
I was not comfortable with this last comment. In general, I'm OK with anonymous comments, but this one gave no indication who or why the book was being recommended — a bit close to spam for my comfort.
Only because the authors were part of the Bay Area Agile community did I decide to publish this comment.
When recommending a book (and I am really glad for good recommendations!), please do not recommend anonymously. Please do not recommend your own books or include partner IDs in your links.