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Agile Book Recommendations

Posted by Oliver on the 8th of August, 2020 in category Tech
Tagged with: agileBooks

Every so often when I'm talking about the relative merits of Scrum or Kanban, or Agile software development in general, I find myself brought back to the few books I've read on the subject which really resonated with me and gave me plenty of interesting ideas for what to try, when faced with workflow difficulties. In the last five years, I've worked on or with at least ten different teams - either officially as the engineering manager of the team, or as an involved outsider nominated to help the team out with their workflow.

At some point these books were recommended to me (I sadly can't remember by whom) and I did order and read them all. They are all great reads in their own way, and relatively easy to get through so I can also recommend them all. The original hard copies I had have been passed on to others, and I hope they have been useful to whoever inherited them in the subsequent years. So here are a few books on agile topics I've read that I can really recommend if you are wondering where to get started with optimising your team's workflow (in no particular order):

Scrum and XP from the trenches Scrum and XP from the Trenches by Henrik Kniberg

Lean from the trenches Lean From The Trenches by Henrik Kniberg

kanban and scrum Kanban and Scrum - Making The Most Of Both by Henrik Kniberg and Mattias Skarin

Real World Kanban Real World Kanban by Mattias Skarin

Of course there are many more but these are a good place to start!

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