Here are some books we like. Click on the title for the LeanPub or Amazon page.
David J Anderson
Fascinating account that explains thought process as LeanKaban was being conceived and codified. Valuable anecdotes help explain motivations and benefits of evolutionary approach.
Part polemic, part paean from the inventor of the Eiffel programming language and the author of “Object Oriented Software Construction” the definitive work on that topic. Focuses mostly on Scrum. Interestingly, Kanban answers most of the author’s nitpicks with “agile.” It is in our opinion important and worthwhile for all Kanban coaches and trainers to be aware of agile’s “failure modes.”
Here are a couple related articles:
Why “Agile’ and especially Scrum are terrible
Michael O. Church
The tax you are paying for using Scrum
Alberto Brandolini (LeanPub early access)
Ward Cunningham, Rick Mugridge
C. Todd Lombardo, Bruce McCarthy
Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O’Reilly
Sam L. Savage
Stephen Few (2004)
We think his later 2009 book “Now you see it, simple visualization techniques for quantitative analysis” is even better!
Showing its age; many of the recommendations or techniques have been superseded by better ones. However, we still prefer this due to the quality and clarity of the exposition over newer Scrumban books
Lean for manufacturing and physical processes
Despite the title, this is a pretty good guide to state of the art modern Scrum. Don’t Scrum like its 1999. Get this book and see what you have been missing!
Extremely important, should be required reading for all coaches and trainers.
Fun read full of wisdom. The keynote video on his website is an absolute gem. Unfortunately it is paywalled.
A brand new book and worthy successor to replace the venerable scrum-based estimation book by Mike Cohn Agile Estimation and Planning. George covers a lot of ground, but in my opinion misses a few important points regarding large-scale Agile efforts within the federal government space (admittedly, this is an extremely specialized environment). Nevertheless there is a great deal of excellent material to mine here.