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!
Reading this in 1999 changed the course of our careers!
Modig, Niklas, Ahlstrom, Par
Very clear explanation of Lean
Despite the general-sounding title, this is pretty scrum-specific
A good companion to the Scrum Guide. I like two insights in particular:
Another good set of insights for Scrum teams. Here are some nuggets:
A complete reimagining of what it means to be Agile, going back to first principles. Concise and very thought-provoking. Ryan recommends a way of working that is broken into 6-week cycles separated by 2-week “cool down” periods. Directly customer-valued features are first “Shaped” by senior teams and then “pitched” to decide whether they will be worked on or not. The features are separated into “medium” and “small” sizes– anything larger than a medium (3-4 people for 6 weeks) is further broken down. Here are some of the more interesting recommendations:
Showing its age; many of the recommendations or techniques have been superseded by better ones.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! There are plenty of good insights here. For example:
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.