This page offers many resources, coming from the “agile coaching institute” to get you started in various knowledge and skill areas of the Agile Coaching Competency Framework. Enjoy! And, take it slow — there is a lot to digest here.
Kanban Workbook by Karen Greaves and Sam Laing
Succeeding with Agile, Mike Cohn
Agile Game Development with Scrum, Clinton Keith
Henrik Kniberg and Mattias Skarin: Kanban and Scrum – Making the most of both In the style of Scrum and XP from the Trenches, this book is ultra-practical and useful without becoming a “guide for dummies.” Available as a print book and as a downloadable PDF.
Ken Schwaber & Mike Beedle: Agile Software Development with Scrum The original Scrum book. Good, clear overview of the practices and principles of Scrum. It is somewhat out-of-date now, as Scrum has progressed since the book was written, but it is still a valuable read.
Menlo Innovations Team: Innovative Exploration A picture book about how Menlo Innovations does XP (really, truly, fully). Great for showing people what it should look like and how it should work when done well.
Mike Cohn: User Stories Applied This clear and simple book covers the aspects of writing, estimating, prioritizing and committing to product requirements. Essential reading for Product Owners.
Mike Cohn: Agile Estimating and Planning What are story points again? Why do we use them and not estimated hours? This book will refresh you on these topics and help you become good at estimation and release planning.
Mike Cohn: What is agile and Scrum and Scrum described
Scrum Alliance: What is Scrum
InfoQ interview with Jeff Sutherland: Scrum and Not Scrum — with video.
Tobias Mayer: Essence of Scrum
Michael James: A Scrum Master’s Checklist
Lyssa Adkins and Michael K. Spayd: The Manager’s Role in Agile
Lyssa Adkins’ video: Interlocking Roles in Agile
Jim Highsmith: Agile Project Management – Creating Innovative Products Good overview of Agile approaches to project management. This is more “managerial” and offers some good ideas for working with customers.
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
Laura Whitworth, et. al.: Co-Active Coaching, 2nd Edition: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life
A great book for getting a good introduction to coaching skills for agile coaches, such as powerful questions. Includes an appendix of hundreds of powerful questions, as well as other “templates” for coaches.
Karen Kimsey House, et. al.: Co-Active Coaching, 3th Edition: Changing Business, Transforming Lives
This is the latest version of this book and has some wonderful updates to the co-active model. It does not contain the Powerful Questions appendix.
Powerful Questions Cards from the Coaching Agile Teams class
Deb Preuss: Powerful Questions Cards (more!)
Tony Stoltzfus: Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills
This is the full-of-easy-and-useful-stuff book that David and Allison love.
Powerful Questions iPhone, iPad and DRIOD app: CTI Thinkpal
Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins
International Coach Federation
Lists all accredited coaching schools and administers coaching credentials.
European Mentoring and Coaching Council
Lists all accredited coaching schools in Europe.
Coaches Training Institute
The individual coaching training school Michael and Lyssa went to.
Center for Right Relationship
Coach training school offering Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (team coaching).
Systemic Coaching offered in Denmark
Executive coaching school
Fernando Lopez: Antidotes for Team Toxins
Howard Guttman: Great Business Teams
The idea of conflict protocols originates in this book.
Susan Scott: Fierce Conversations
Because you have a lot of fierce conversations as an agile coach. Might as well get good at them.
Gamestorming by Dave Gray
System’s Thinking Playbook by Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis Meadows
Facilitating with Ease by Ingrid Bens, this book is full of great exercises, techniques, & mindsets for facilitators.
Collaboration Explained by Jean Tabaka, a great book for agile coaches about being a good facilitator. Check out the section with starter agendas for sprint planning and other agile meetings.
Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, to help you create retrospectives that have people get up from the conference room table and come up with real insights. Our copy of this one has stickies all over it and coffee stains and worn out pages. That’s how much we use it.
The Tao of Holding Space: 81 short chapters on facilitating open space by Chris Corrigan, a grounding set of principles for creating space in one’s facilitation. Printed cards by Deborah Preuss.
Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley, Agile Coaching
A very practical and useful guide for coaching teams. Wonderful for new agile coaches.
Christopher Avery: Teamwork is an Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done While Sharing Responsibility
This is a must-have book for Agile team members. It contains tests and tools to help you become the kind of team member that creates astonishing results.
Training from the Back of the Room, Sharon Bowman
Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins
Continuous Delivery by Jez Humble
More Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory
Nature of software development by Ron Jeffries
Agile Testing, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory
Running Tested Features and Technical Debt by Ron Jeffries
Kent Beck: Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change One of the first Agile books. Focuses mainly (but not solely) on the engineering practices, and supplies good overall context for creating an Agile organization.
Scaling Lean & Agile Development, Craig Larman & Bas Vodde
The New How by Nilofer Merchant
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
The Lean Startup, Eric Ries groundbreaking book on bringing the Agile and Lean mindset to the entrepreneurial world, even in large organizations.
Principles of Product Development Flow, Donald Reinertsen’s wonderful book and the new economics of product development, based on lean thinking, and how product development is different than lean manufacturing.
Enthiosys’ Agile Product Roadmaps and Product Management
Holistic product design and development – Jeff Patton
Lean A3 Process, a problem solving process started at Toyota
Value Stream Mapping – measuring value add vs. waste times in business processes
Mike Cohn: Want Better Software? Just Ask
Also take a look at Mike’s other available papers. Mike Cohn has a very pragmatic approach to Scrum and writes in a very clear and succinct way.
Mike Cohn: Prioritizing Your Product Backlog
This page has a downloadable version of slides we cover in class, and a video of Mike covering the material himself. Check that out. He is the master of this topic.
Luke Hohmann: Innovation Games
For when the product owner is just “winging it” and has no clue what the team should really build. These are a collection of serious games that tap into what customers, vendors, and partners really want and will really buy.
David Rico: The Business Value of Agile Software Methods
This book gives you all the numbers and formulas you could possibly want on why Agile methods produce more value than other ways of working.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Maverick by Ricardo Semler
The Leadership Circle Profile – a comprehensive 360 assessment that helps you get a clear view into your leadership effectiveness. Michael Spayd is a certified facilitator of this profile and has the ability to administer it and help individuals and groups understand the results.
Bill Schneider: The Reengineering Alternative: A Plan for Making your Current Culture Work.
This book describes the 4 corporate cultures and gives a simple diagnostic tool to see which culture your corporation might be. More comprehensive diagnostics for corporate culture and for your leadership-culturelink are also available from certified facilitators such as Michael Spayd.
Dan Pink: Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us
What motivates people, really? (hint: it’s not raises or public embarrassment). For a short burst of this book in 15 minutes, see the TED talk on The Surprising Science of Motivation.
The Arbinger Institute: The Anatomy of Peace
For helping you turn the ratio around so that you are spending much more time helping things go right rather than dealing with things that are going wrong. Plus, great ways to get to the heart of conflict on your teams (and within yourself).
The Arbinger Institute: Leadership and Self-Deception
Essential reading for any manager, but especially for Agile Coaches.
Lee Devin & Rob Austin: Artful Making
This is an excellent book that explores how methods used in creative fields such as theatre can be applied to managing knowledge-based projects.
Steven Johnson: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software
Why agile teams are more like ecosystems than machines is explained with lots of examples in this book.
Tom DeMarco: Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency
This book is inspiring and surprising; it is like a whack to the side of the head.
Margaret Wheatley: Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World
Great material on why the mechanistic view of the workforce no longer works. What worked for me: start with Chapter 8 then go back to the heavier science at the beginning.
Change model theorists who have written many books: Darryl Conner, John Kotter
Peter Block: The Answer to How is Yes
A great book for helping your managers (and you) get past the “how do we do it” and into the “why should we do it.”
Tom Peters: Re-imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age
This book is visually stunning and its content is powerful. It should get you re-imagining in no time.
Peter Senge and others: Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society
This one is a little academic, but if you like that (or can wade through it) the payoff is big. Amazing insights.
Bill Joiner and Stephen Josephs: Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change
The leaders we need now are not heroes, they are synergists who bring the best out in everyone (including themselves). This book gives you a clear model of the levels of leadership in play now and where we are going with the new breeds of leadership (and why we must).
Jon Katzenbach, Douglas Smith: Wisdom of Teams Much foundational information about teams is in this classic, including the difference between a working group, pseudo team and team. It helps you know which of these you currently have.
Umair Haque : The Builder’s Manifesto
It’s Buildership, not Leadership that’s needed today.
J. Richard Hackman: Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances
While not an agile book per-se, all of the ideas in this book are applicable to coaching agile teams. For example, if you need help convincing a product owner to create a compelling vision, this book helps youAgile explain why that’s so important.
Losada and Heaphy: The Role of Positivity and Connectivity in the Performance of Business Teams: A Nonlinear Dynamics Model
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