Top 30 Agile Books for Scrum Masters

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For several weeks I was collecting a list of the best agile books for scrum masters. I started to ask some communities on social networks where I got a lot of feedback! The contribution was so high that I received more than 100+ unique books. I decided to divide them into 5 different categories – Books for: Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile Developers, Leadership & Agile Coaching. In this blog post I will start with the Top 30 Agile Books for Scrum Masters.

The list is ordered based on reviews and ratings on Amazon and GoodReads. If you think that there is an important book that should be added to that list, leave a comment after the list.

Top 30 books for scrum masters recommended by the community

# Title Author
1 The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable Patrick M. Lencioni
2 Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change Kent Beck
3 Agile Estimating and Planning Mike Cohn
4 Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick M. Lencioni
5 Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great Esther Derby
6 Succeeding with Agile Mike Cohn
7 The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software Jonathan Rasmusson
8 Scrum and XP from the Trenches Henrik Kniberg
9 Agile Software Development with Scrum Ken Schwaber
10 Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit Mary Poppendieck
11 Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process Kenneth S. Rubin
12 Coaching Agile Teams Lyssa Adkins
13 Agile Coaching Rachel Davies
14 The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year (Agile Software Development Series) Mitch Lacey
15 Scrum Guide Ken Schwaber & Jeff Sutherland
16 Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game Alistair Cockburn
17 Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time Jeff Sutherland
18 #Workout: Games, Tools & Practices to Engage People, Improve Work, and Delight Clients Jurgen Appelo
19 Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products Jim Highsmith
20 The People’s Scrum: Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation Tobias Mayer
21 Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances J. Richard Hackman
22 The Secret of Teams: What Great Teams Know and Do (BK Business) Mark Miller
23 The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions Mary Poppendieck
24 The Human Side of Agile – How to Help Your Team Deliver Gil Broza
25 Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders Jean Tabaka
26 Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives Luis Gonçalves & Ben Linders
27 Scrum Mastery: From Good To Great Servant-Leadership Geoff Watts
28 The Professional ScrumMaster’s Handbook Stacia Viscardi
29 30 Days to better Agile: Effective strategies for getting results Fast using Scrum Angela Druckman
30 Becoming a Catalyst: Scrum Master Edition: Using Everyday Interactions to Accelerate Culture Change Len Lagestee

My personal Top 5 books for Scrum Masters that I recommend:

# Title Author
1 Agile Software Development with Scrum Ken Schwaber
2 #Workout: Games, Tools & Practices to Engage People, Improve Work, and Delight Clients Jurgen Appelo
3 Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators Patrick M. Lencioni
4 Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time Jeff Sutherland
5 Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances J. Richard Hackman

If you think that there is an important book that should be added to that list, leave a comment! I would love to hear from you!

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7 comments

  1. great list
    a couple of additional books I usually recommend for a more rounded view:

    maybe a bit late to the party, but anyway:

    My recommendations are not necessarily Agile books per se, but, imo, important background reads:

    Very famous on delivering software in general: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13629.The_Mythical_Man_Month?from_search=true

    On Lean and Agile in general:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10127019-the-lean-startup?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13078769-running-lean?from_search=true

    DSMD: http://www.dsdm.org/dig-deeper/book/dsdm-atern-handbook

    On agile and testing (behaviour driven dev): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12409185-the-cucumber-book?from_search=true

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  3. As a Scrum Master I would like to add some visual facilitation books.
    The following two are great but in german, i haven’t found any english versions
    *BIKABLO ISBN: 978-3-940315-21-2
    *UZMO ISBN: 978-3-86881-517-7
    more to read than to use is this one in english:
    *Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity ISBN: 978-0470601785

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  6. Two seminal books that changed my outlook of organizational life and software development:

    – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – What a great way of communicating the good old principles in a refreshingly new way
    – Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide – For a exam prep book, there is so much amount of knowledge to gain about Scrum that I could not get from other mainstream Scrum books.

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