Now that Agile has established itself as the dominant new trend in software development, the number of books that deal with this topic is increasing every day. Besides the fact that Mike Cohn is a recognized expert in the area of agile project management, why should you buy “Succeeding with Agile” rather any other book published on the same topic?
Books on Scrum and Agile Project Management
“OKRs” is the acronym of “Objectives and Key Results.” This is a collaborative goal-setting tool used by teams and individuals to set goals with measurable results. In his book “Succeeding with OKRs in Agile”, Allan Kelly explains why he considers that “OKRs have the potential to reawaken the early ambition and drive inherent in agile. This time managers can join in too, not as obstacles to change, or change drivers, but as partners focused on the same outcomes for a greater purpose.”
If today many people equal Agile with Scrum, the Agile approach is also deeply rooted in software engineering practices, like pair programming or refactoring, promoted by the eXtreme Programming (XP) movement. In this book, Emily Bache presents the Samman Technical Coaching approach. It is a method for helping software development teams to become more agile and raise the quality of their work.
Although many might tend to limit the concept of agile requirements to “user stories”, this book by Dean Leffingwell reminds us that there could be more than just a post-it on an information radiator when we talk about Agile requirements. The title of one of the initial chapters is “The Big Picture of Agile Requirements” and this book provides it, together with the small details that can help you write better user stories.
Mary and Tom Poppendieck summarize the objective of the “Lean Mindset” book in the introduction: “we present a mental model of how to design and deliver amazing products that delight customers”. Following the same idea that you should “be Agile” and not only “do Agile”, the book explains how to build the mental model to act in a lean way, discussing the creation of a favorable environment and process to deliver value to the customer.
In their book “Help Work to Flow”, Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves have explored their Agile working and coaching experience to collect 40 tips, techniques and games that should allow you to work in the state of flow, this situation where you are more productive.
It all starts with doing the right thing. Agile has not changed the old computer wisdom of “garbage in, garbage out”. This is why Allan Kelly last book is dedicated to the art of Agile product ownership. As he wrote: “If a Scrum Master performs badly, the team simply fails to perform well. If the Product Owner performs badly, the whole product is in jeopardy”.