Books

The purpose of this page is to share good books about the Agile practice and related topics.




 The Chaos Imperative


The Chaos Imperative
by Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack

Packed with great examples of innovation and success stories from what on the surface might be interpreted as luck or coincidence, "The Chaos Imperative" is a must-read for anybody working in the corporate world.  Ori and Judah challenge us to take a step back and think about what it really takes to innovate.

There are many parallels to Agile in the stories they tell and Agilish themes throughout the book.  This is an easy and fun read and a life saver for anyone feeling like they are in a rut and looking for a fresh perspective.




The Dream Team Nightmare: Boost Team Productivity Using Agile Techniques
by Portia Tung

If you are an Agile practitioner, this is a fun, easy read packed with realistic workplace scenarios and practical tips/tricks/exercises for how to deal with real world challenges.

The books is written in a "choose-your-own-adventure" style. You are an Agile coach, brought in to help a struggling company to turn their projects around.  But, look out!  If you are not careful, you will miss an opportunity, fall into common traps or outright fail.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
by Chip & Dan Heath

If you work for a corporation and want to make a difference, an impact, or simply try to help make things better, this book is for you. Chip and Dan break down the challenge of change into digestible chunks with techniques for influencing change and success stories from the real world.



Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process
by Kenneth S. Rubin

Essential Scrum does a very good job of explaining, in simple terms the different roles, processes and techniques involved with practicing Scrum.  It is a good resource with diagrams and illustrations that are both simple and effective.

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