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Leadership Agility

Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change by William Joiner and Stephen Josephs – An inspirational breakthrough in thinking about agile leadership competencies and creative practices. This book presents a research-based leadership maturity framework to help readers evolve their leadership journeys, solve leadership dilemmas, and experience greater success. A companion to […]

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Death by Meeting

Death By Meeting: a Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni – Are your meetings effective? Usually not. Lencioni proposes more meetings are key – context specific meetings (strategic, tactical and daily). Hey, that’s Scrum! An excellent and fast read for any leader in an agile company.

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Agile Estitimating and Planning

Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn – Probably the most practical guide on the street today in putting the best agile practices to work to drive predictability in your projects. Mike has a vast experience in leading agile teams and this book is a result of that work.

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The Enterprise and Scrum

The Enterprise and Scrum by Ken Schwaber – Ken follows up his two Scrum application books with a focus on enterprise adoption. A key component of this book is the use of a transition team to aid the organization through the adoption – a key success factor for larger organizations.

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Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team: a Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni – Agility requires teamwork & teamwork is hard. Patrick has some wisdom on building high-performing teams and they directly apply to Scrum – focus on results to drive accountability, commitment, conflict & trust.  I found this book to be a great resource for ScrumMasters […]

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Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development

Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development by James Coplien & Neil Harrison – They distill years of studying development teams into 100 bite-sized organizational patterns. This work preceded most of the agile methods and is core to organizational agility.

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Agile Project Management

Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products by Jim Highsmith – An excellent resource focused on the project management role in leading agile teams. Jim provides a framework for success with agile project visioning process, tracking through a parking lot and much more.

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Artful Making

Artful Making: What Managers Need to Know About How Artists Work by Rob Austin & Lee Devin – If you are looking at agility from a different perspective, this is a great resource. Rob and Lee compare agile software development to the making of theatre productions! One of my favorite books!

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The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management

The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management by Steve Denning is a new view at leadership and organizational agility. In his book, you will find many examples of companies that “get it” a number of which were guided by Trail Ridge Consulting. For more information, read our review.

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Succeeding with Agile

Succeeding with Agile by Mike Cohn – Mike brings his many years and breadth of practical experience in applying Scrum in “real world” organizations. He provides a comprehensive view of implementing and adapting Scrum in an organizational context with a keen focus on teams delivering value. This is not a book about “what Scrum is“, […]

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