Clients often look to us to help them with innovative ways of delivering value, thinking and solving problems. I think one of the best ways to be able to do this is keep your eyes open for new ways of working.
I love books as a model for learning and of course there is a great array of Agile literature available. I know that it can take some time but it is a really immersive experience which can fire up your creative thinking and I thoroughly recommend dedicating some time to it. You just need to consider, can you dedicate an hour a day on the train or just a couple of hours per week?
But where do you start?
We start at the beginning of course, to almost quote Lewis Carroll again.
Take a look at the lists below and let us know what you think. Did we miss any of your favourites? Are there other topics that we should include? Can you share a review / feedback on a book that you have read?
Now, what are you interested in?
If you want to learn about how to work with Agile development teams, as a part of the teams or closely with the teams then I suggest that you start with something like these, “Scrum & XP from the Trenches” is available as a free pdf download too so there are no excuses 🙂
If Scrum or Kanban is specifically your area of interest then along with those listed above, you could check out these titles:
If your interests are in how Product Owners work in Agile organisations then these great books will help you. Of course in real Agile teams we all have the customers interest at hear so Product Ownership as well as being a role is a mindset that everyone starts to adopt.
Design Thinking is another great area to explore and this books provide a good insight in to the why and the how of embracing that mindset, this approach carries a slightly confusing name and this is really about how we think about products and so is more aligned with Lean UX & Product Ownership than traditional ‘design’:
If you are in a leadership or management role or being managed and would like ideas on how to make this work in a more collaborative and empowering way then these books have some great ideas:
For a broader look at Organisational Agility and what it really means, outside the standard frameworks, then you could consider:
While for the standard scaling frameworks there are these texts (but you might prefer the web sites for some of these):
For more software related books you could investigate the following titles and I would also recommend checking out Mike Cohn’s recommendations.
This is just a taster, so what did we miss?
Get in touch if you would like to see something else covered or if you want to share a recommendation