Recommended Reading

Turn the Ship Around

by David Marquet

A great book about leadership, written by a submarine captain in the US Navy. His leadership style (leader/leader instead of leader/follower) caused a crew that was the worst rated in the navy to become the best rated crew in only 1 year, via self-organization.

The Lean Startup

by Eric Ries

The lean approach minimizes waste, time and risk. How can you learn quickly and inexpensively what the market wants? This book dives into that question head first.

Coaching Agile Teams

by Lyssa Adkins

Coaching is a very misunderstood profession. Lyssa Adkins has written a tremendous book on the dynamics of coaching. This is a MUST READ for all scrum masters.

Leading Change

by John Kotter

Culture change is a significant challenge to agile and scrum. This book describes the challenges we face and actions we can take to change our company’s culture.

ConCom

by Rory Miller

Before we can manage conflict, we must first understand its origins.

Stop Starting, Start Finishing

by Arne Roock and Claudia Leschik

A simple yet powerful book that shows us the value of starting one thing and FINISHING it before we start anything else.

User Stories Applied

by Mike Cohn

A deep dive into how to use user stories day to day within the team you serve.

Agile Retrospectives

by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby

This is a great book about how to conduct a retrospective. It contains many examples of different ways to execute on the 5 stages of a retrospective (set the stage, gather data, generate insights, decide what to do and close the retrospective).

Emotional Intelligence

by Travis Bradberry

We can’t control what people do and say. But we can control how we react and respond to it. Understanding our own triggers and how to manage them is the key to emotional intelligence.

Videos

Product Owner in a Nutshell

by Henrik Kniberg

A video that does a great job of describing the role of the product owner, and the value of honesty in agile, a short feedback loop, and output versus outcomes.

What Motivates Us

by Daniel Pink

Do you know what truly motivates knowledge workers? I bet you don’t

The Backwards Brain Bicycle

A great illustration of how difficult it can be to change your mindset. But it is possible!!!

Greatness

by David Marquet

A former sub captain used self-organization to help his crew go from worst to first.

The Rong Way to do Agile

by Chet Rong

A hilarious series of videos that demonstrate the exact opposite way you should be practicing all things agile and scrum.

Cultivating Collaboration; Don’t Be So Defensive!

by Jim Tamm

Are you a red chicken or a green chicken? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Watch this video. I doubt you’ll ever think of chickens the same way again.

Sh*t Bad Scrum Masters Say

by Adam Weisbart

My friend and fellow trainer Adam Weisbart stars in this short and hilarious video that shows everything you should NOT do as a scrum master.

Multitasking at M.I.T

At M.I.T, one of the world’s most competitive universities, we found a stark contrast between students’ and teachers’ views on laptops in the classroom. Are they a massive distraction, or a valuable tool for a generation of multitaskers?

Articles, Web Content and Whitepapers

The Agile Manifesto

The definitive guide to what matters most in agile versus traditional methods.

Scrum Team Kickoff Planner

A step by step guide on how to kick off a new scrum team. Working agreements, definition of done, scheduling and more.

Story Splitting Flowchart

The great minds at Agile for All have developed this terrific, 1-page guide on how to split User Stories.

The 12 Principles of Agility

The principles that reinforce the values in the agile manifesto.

The Scrum Guide

Question about the correct way to use scrum? This document has all the answers.

Excel Resources

A capacity calculator, burn up chart and sprint report template

The Scrum Alliance

The mission of the scrum alliance is to “change the world of work.”

Dark Scrum

by Ron Jeffries

A great article that describes all too common scrum “abuses” and some things that can be done about them

Agile Budgeting in Action

My friends at Free Standing Agility wrote a brilliant white paper on this very commonly inquired about topic. A must read.

The Scrum Reference Card

A quick and powerful reference for all things scrum.

Daily Scrum notes template

How to Claim PDUs from Scrum Alliance classes

Money for Nothing and Your Change for Free

Interested in how to structure contracts with vendors who are not using scrum? This will help.

The Scrum Master Checklist

Think Scrum Master isn’t a full time job? Think again.

Client testimonials

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