Top 15 Books About Agile & Coaching

Best Agile Coaching Books

Several month ago I started to collect a list of the Top Agile Coaching Books from various social channels like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. I received so much input from so many people so I decided to divide the book list  into five different categories: Top agile books for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile Developers, Leadership & Agile Coaching. In this article I want to show you the Top 15 books about Agile & Coaching recommend by the Community.

The following 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. Please consider that some very good books that should be in that list might be located in some other categories that I mentioned above. As I do not agree 100% on the communities´ priority, I added my personal Top 5 books after the list:

Top 15 books about Agile & Coaching recommended by the community

#TitleAuthor
1The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Eric Ries
2Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
Kerry Patterson
3Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum
Peter M. Senge
4The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
Peter M. Senge
5The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering
Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
6Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Marshall B. Rosenberg
7Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
Dave Gray
8The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
Gene Kim
9Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban
Henrik Kniberg
10Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both (Enterprise Software Development)
Henrik Kniberg
11Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances
J. Richard Hackman
12Training From the Back of the Room!: 65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn
Sharon L. Bowman
13Extreme Programming Installed
Ron Jeffries
14Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams
Alistair Cockburn
15Agile!: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly
Bertrand Meyer

My personal top 5 books about Agile & Coaching that I recommend

#TitleAuthor
1Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances
J. Richard Hackman
2Training From the Back of the Room!: 65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn
Sharon L. Bowman
3The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
Peter M. Senge
4Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Marshall B. Rosenberg
5Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives – A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises
Luis Gonçalves & Ben Linders

If you think that there is an important book that should be added to that list, leave a comment here and make that list even more useful!

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3 comments

  1. Hi Dominic

    I would like to add this great book

    Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition by Lissa Adkins

  2. Some of my favorite agile books are:
    Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins (I recommend along with Dominic) – great advice for learning the soft skills of coaching

    Essential Scrum by Kenneth Rubin (great primer on Scrum)

    Kanban in Action by Hammarberg and Sunden

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