Agile Project Management with
Scrum, by Ken Schwaber. Largely in the form of
stories (patterns), with lessons learned. Many people love this way of learning.
The Scrum rules at the end are a nice distillation.
The Enterprise and Scrum, by Ken
Schwaber. The focus here is on adoption of Scrum (and Agile more broadly)
by the enterprise, and the issues that naturally arise. Includes some
discussion of Scrum itself, but that is covered in more depth in the others
Development: An Agile Toolkit for Software Development
Managers, by Mary and Tom Poppendieck. They explain agile from a lean
Agile Software Development with
SCRUM, by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle. This
book takes a different approach to explaining Scrum, which other types of people
Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace
Change (2nd Edition) , by Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres. This is one of the
definitive books on XP.
Implementing Lean Software Development:
From Concept to Cash , by Mary and Tom Poppendieck. Their
Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products, by Jim Highsmith.
Explains Agile more from a project manager's perspective.
and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide, by Craig Larman. This book provides
overview of several of the key strands of agile, including Scrum, XP and
User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development (The Addison-Wesley Signature Series), by Mike Cohn. Great book on
using user stories, and other topics related to Scrum and XP.
Installed , by Ron Jeffries, Ann Anderson, and Chet
Hendrickson. Ron makes XP work. And a great sense of humor.
Agile Estimating and Planning, by Mike Cohn. Another great book on this subject. And Mike
adds lots of tips about how to make a project run better.
The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization, Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith. Sometimes you run
into a person who thinks individuals are
the key to everything. This book does many things, one of which is provide a
bunch of evidence that teams are actually smarter than one individual. But then,
your mother told you that two
Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews, by Norman Kerth. Lots of good insights about doing
retrospectives, which, among other things enable continuous improvement. See his
website, listed above.
Leading with the Heart, by Mike Krzyzewski. Teams are similar no
matter which game they are playing. Coach K is famous as perhaps the best coach
in college basketball. Perhaps you can learn to be as good a coach in your
– An excellent source from the
co-creator of Scrum.
site – Also an excellent source, from the
other co-creator of Scrum. In a blog format.
– The site where the many strands of Agile come together.
– The site for Certified ScrumMasters.
Mike Cohn’s site – This site has a lot of excellent, practical advice. Very down to
– This is a great site for XP and
related Agile advice.
WikiWikiWeb – This is the site of the original wiki. Wikis were invented by Ward
Cunningham. He and and now others have created this site. Ward remains one of
the three key proponents of XP. The site is known as WikiWikiWeb or Ward’s Wiki.
Ward’s Wiki – This is the page on Ward’s Wiki where
Ward Cunningham (I think) provides his roadmap to XP. Do look around the wiki. Lots of
– Well, if you must know more about wikis, start here.
Wikipedia site – This is a site you probably heard about before you knew what a
wiki was. Pretty darn good encyclopedia. Great example of a wiki.
Scrum Development Yahoo
Group – Where lots of good discussion
goes on. You will find posts from the best in the business. Even us.
– Here is a blog, mainly from Mishkin Berteig, with lots of good
advice about, well, agile.
– Jim Highsmith is one of the originators of the Agile Manifesto.
Great thinking about Agile and running projects.
Sanjiv Augustine – Sanjiv has written a good book about Agile Project Management.
This is his site.
– Did we mention that earlier? Yes, and on a link you can also see
the Agile Principles, and a description of how the manifesto (not my favorite
word) came to be written. We are grateful for the courage of these
Martin Fowler – Martin Fowler is a very bright guy, with much to say. This is a
link to his web article on "the new methodology" (namely, agile). Recently
updated. Look around also.
– Mary and Tom Poppendieck are leaders in Lean Software Development,
which some might call a flavor of agile. Brings in many of the ideas of Lean,
Lean Manufacturing, and the Toyota Production System. While developed fairly
independently of agile, Lean is remarkably similar. Gives you new insights into
why agile works.
Norm Kerth – This man has some great insights on Retrospectives. Here is his
Card – There are several like this. This
one’s pretty good.
– He has some
great information and suggestions. I like his Scrum on one page, for example. He
has many other useful ideas.
– Brian has great ideas about testing on an agile project. This is
– This is Rachel Davies blog. You will find her comments wise and
Esther Derby – Esther has excellent ideas about making teams more effective and
about Agile Retrospectives. This is her blog.
Diana Larsen – Diana has wonderful ideas about making teams more effective, and,
again, about Agile Retrospectives. Esther and Diana often work together. This is
her blog, called Partnership & Possibilities.
LEAN and SIX SIGMA
i Six Sigma
– Information on the Six Sigma methodology.
Lean Enterprise Institute
Home for Womack and Jones.
Lean Thinking . James Womack and Daniel Jones. Book. Great way to learn
Lean comes to us from Lean Manufacturing, but obviously it has many similarities
to Agile. Just getting the key concepts of waste, flow and pull can be a great
help in doing better projects.
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