I just finished presenting at SDEC and I realized that I did not have a Blog post on my Agile reading list. Many people asked about how to get started on Agile and a list of books that influenced me. In a future post, I will list the practices that I tried first and my success with them. (Somewhat of my personal Agile roadmap)
Without further ado here are my top 11 Agile books that have influenced me and helped me to learn about Agile.
And yes, they are in order! Not in the order they have to be read, but in how much I found them valuable.
1) User Stories Applied – Mike Cohn
2) Agile Estimating and Planning – Mike Cohn
3) Innovation Games – Luke Hohmann
4) Lean Software Development – Tom and Mary Poppendieck
5) Agile Database Techniques – Scott Ambler
6) Art of Lean Software Development – Curt Hibbs
7) Lean-Agile Software Development – Allan Shalloway
8) Test Driven Development – Kent Beck
9) Lean Architecture – James O. Coplien
10) Agile Testing – Lisa Crispin
11) The Art of Agile Development – James Shore
And the top three Information Technology books that EVERYONE should read in the industry regardless of their role or methodology:
1) Code Complete – McConnell
2) Beautiful Code – Oram & Wilson
3) Godel, Escher, Bach – Hofstadter
The Godel, Escher, Bach addition might surprise some people, but it was a book that profoundly influenced me and the way I think about problems, models, and solutions. Highly recommended.