Great five books about agile (part 1)

I’d like to recommend you five books about the agile development, which I read in last month. I hope you will find them interesting as well!

Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (2nd Edition) (Jim Highsmith) – it’s a complete guide for managers in agile world. It gives a full overview, starting from basis of agile, through envisioning phase, planning and delivering, to measuring of performance and scaling.
If you are looking for something, which covers all those aspects, you already found it!

Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Cohn)) (Lyssa Adkins) – it’s the first book I read, which emphasize on a truly coaching approach in the team development process.

Author presents her journey from traditional project manager to agile coach, who finally helps teams achieve incredible results. It’s about all phases of working with team, from traditional teaching, then mentoring and finishing on coaching.
It really helps in finding what manager must change in his/her way of working, during transition to agile environment.

Agile Estimating and Planning (Mike Cohn) – it’s a must have for all who have problems with proper planning and managing agile projects (and I think, that most of us have).
Author presents a lot of tools and ideas, which may easily improve this area. During the reading I had thoughts like, it’s so obvious, why I haven’t thought about it before…

I strongly recommend reading at least the case study, which demonstrates how to apply all those techniques.

Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (2nd Edition)(Alistair Cockburn) – classic book about agile development, from the well known expert, one of the authors of agile manifesto.
Author focuses on cooperation in agile teams, communication and teams development. You will also find something about individuals evolution, process scaling or requirements gathering and describing.

Absolutely must have for all agilists.

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great (Pragmatic Programmers)(Esther Derby, Diana Larsen) – it’s not a surprise, that it’s all about retrospectives 🙂 but it’s a great handbook, with a lot of methods and techniques, with practical examples. Each chapter is about 2-5 pages long, having presented a purpose of the method, duration, initial requirements, steps, alternatives and some examples.

It’s easy to read, inspiring book.


If you would like to know more about any of those books, feel free to ask.

There will be more books review soon.

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