Agile Tools and Techniques

The Top Five Agile Books

Due to the growing popularity of the Agile methodology, many books on the subject have been published over the last few years.

Here are five of the best Agile project management books on the market:

1. Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide: A Simplified Beginners Guide to Agile Project Management

The “Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide” is one of the best Agile books for those who are new to the subject. This book provides an excellent overview of what Agile is, how to use it, how to figure out which framework is best for your project, and more. It also comes with free lifetime access to guides, checklists, and cheat sheets to plan and execute your first Agile project.

 2Headfirst Agile: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Agile Principles, Ideas, and Real-World Practices

“Headfirst Agile” is a complete guide to Agile, including the most popular Agile frameworks such as Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban. If you are studying for your PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) exam, this book guarantees 100% coverage of the exam subject matter. One of the reasons this is one of the best Agile project management books is its unique format. Headfirst Agile is not text-heavy — rather, it focuses on multi-sensory learning and cognitive theory to help you grasp new concepts more quickly.

3. Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction

This book is short and to the point. It’s a pocket-sized guide that you can carry around and refer to on the go. “Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction” is a great way to familiarize yourself with the Scrum framework in under an hour. If you have just been thrown into a Scrum project, this book can help keep you from feeling lost.

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

“Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time” is considered one of the premier books about Scrum. It also happens to be created by one of Scrum’s founders. This book covers both why Scrum is beneficial and how to embrace the framework. It delves deeper into Scrum than many beginner books, providing both an overview and an implementation guide.

5. Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition

Most Agile methodology books focus on introducing beginners. What makes this book stand out is its focus on teaching you how to coach others on Agile. It covers all the important Agile coaches’ roles, including teacher, mentor, problem-solver, conflict navigator, and performance coach. If you are looking for a resource to help you build a self-organized, high-performing team, this may be just what you need.

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