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.

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.

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.

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff and J.J. Sutherland
A great book that dives into the detail of how to use scrum, written by the co-founder and his son.

ConCom by Rory Miller
Before we can manage conflict, we must first understand its origins.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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.

What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
Do you know what truly motivates knowledge workers?  I bet you don’t.

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

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.

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.

The 12 Principles of Agility
The principles that reinforce the values in the agile manifesto.

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

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

The Scrum Reference Card
A quick and powerful reference for all things scrum.

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.

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

Money for Nothing and Your Change for Free
Interested in how to structure contracts with vendors who are not using scrum?  This will help.

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.