We have curated a list of books, articles, whitepapers and videos that we have found either funny, useful or both.  In addition, we’ve come across a few useful tools that can make life a little easier.

Feel free to have a look around at the items below. We hope you find them as valuable as we have.

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.

User Stories Applied
by Mike Cohn

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

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.

by Rory Miller

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

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).

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.

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.

Training from the Back of the Room

From Sharon L. Bowman, the author of the best-selling Ten-Minute Trainer, comes the dynamic new book, Training from the BACK of the Room! This innovative resource introduces 65 training strategies that are guaranteed to deliver outstanding training results no matter what the topic, group, or learning environment.

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

For those who believe that there must be a more agile and efficient way for people to get things done, here is a brilliantly discursive, thought-provoking book about the leadership and management process that is changing the way we live.


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 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.

What Motivates Us
by Daniel Pink

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

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.

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

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.

by David Marquet

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

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?

Nordstrom Innovation Lab
See how the Nordstrom Innovation Lab created, tested and built an iPad app in just one week.

The Resource Utilization Trap
by Henrik Kniberg

It turns out, “fully utilized” may not be the best choice.

What are Story Points?by Mike Cohn

Relative estimation – it’s not about the points.  It’s about the ratios.

Planning Poker
by Mike Cohn

Encourage collaboration, share knowledge and base your estimates on EFFORT, not time.

articles, web content and white papers

Project Aristotle
Google spent an astronomical amount of money on this study geared toward understanding just how important team empowerment and psychological safety is to success.  A great read!

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.”

Dark Scrum
by Ron Jeffries

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

Multitasking Game

Use this game to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of multitasking on cycle times and efficiency.


Burn Up Chart Template
Ever get asked “when will this project be done?”  Let the data do the talking for you!

Sprint Capacity Calculator
If you’re finding that the team is over-committing and you can’t figure out why, ask each member to fill out this form during Sprint Planning!

Daily Scrum Notes Template
If you’re a Scrum Master attending a Daily Scrum event, this template can be a big help when keeping notes.

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

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

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

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.


Agile Contracts – PWS Template
This content provides contract language guidelines and is intended to serve as a template for the government representative during the development of a Performance Work Statement (PWS) under an Agile BPA. 

“Fixed” Agile in Government Contracting
A decade or so ago, Agile delivery came into its own as a best practice for executing complex application development projects in the federal space.

Agile in Government
Increasingly, governments are looking to procure software built using the Agile methodology. This could not only demand changes to the procurement process, but also set up a potential culture clash between the rules-driven public sector and the more relaxed technology provider.

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