A series of conversations with Joe:
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Scrum Courses, principles, benefits and impediments
Certified ScrumMaster and Beyond
Ecclesiastes xii. 12. "Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh."
For those about to take the CSM course, see here.
Below are our first 5 recommendations. For more advanced recommendations, see the link below.
Agile Project Management with Scrum, by Ken Schwaber.
Largely in the form of stories (patterns), with lessons learned. Many people love this way of learning. The Scrum rules at the end are a nice distillation.
Agile Software Development with SCRUM, by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle. This book takes a different approach to explaining Scrum, which other types of people will like.
User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development (The Addison-Wesley Signature Series), by Mike Cohn. Great book on using user stories, and other topics related to Scrum and XP.
Agile Estimating and Planning, by Mike Cohn. Another great book on this subject. And Mike adds lots of tips about how to make a project run better.
The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization, Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith. Sometimes you run into a person who thinks individuals are the key to everything. This book does many things, one of which is provide a bunch of evidence that teams are actually smarter than one individual. But then, your mother told you that two heads are better than one.
Scrum is a team sport, and it important than everyone understand what that means.
For other books we recommend, see here.
Jeff Sutherland's Recommended Reading
A list of local Scrum & Agile Groups.
Scrum Development Yahoo Group – Where lots of good discussion goes on. You will find posts from the best in the business. Even us.
Agile Project Management Lots of great Scrum and Agile people here.
Scrum Alliance This Google group has some good discussions.
Lean Software Development Great discussions of Scrum, Agile and Lean software development.
AgileBusiness Good discussions of things more from the Product Owner viewpoint and the business side.
Extreme Programming Great discussions of Extreme Programming, which is typically essential to truly effect Scrum in software development
Our first 5 recommendations:
The New New Product Development Game by Takeuchi and Nonaka.
Leading Fearless Change by Manns and Rising.
Rolling out Agile at a large Enterprise by
The Concept of "Ba" by Nonaka and Konno.
Scrum and CMMI - Going from Good to Great by Jakobsen and Sutherland.
Some other Agile articles:
Nonaka etal 2000 SECI, SECI, Ba and Leadership
Succeeding With Agile by Mike Cohn
Crisp's Blog by Henrik Kniberg
Partnership and Possibilities by Diana Larsen
Steve Denning- Radical Management by Steve Denning
Ken Schwaber on Scrum. GoogleTalk. 1 hour.
Esther Derby & Diana Larsen on Agile Retrospectives. GoogleTalk. 50 minutes.
Jeff Sutherland on Scrum Tuning. GoogleTalk. 1 hour.
Jeff Sutherland on Self-Organization. GoogleTalk. 1.5 hours.
Jeff Sutherland on Hyperproductive Distributed Scrum. GoogleTalk. 1.5 hours.
Developer Abuse. Short. This "won" at Agile2007. Perhaps a biased jury. Funny yet serious.
Being Agile is our favorite thing. About 1 minute. This one also "won" at Agile2007. Again, perhaps a biased and not wholly rational jury. And of course at your place, there is never any irrationality.
Daniel Pink: The puzzle of motivation. TED Talk. 18 minutes.
Daniel Pink and RSAnimate; Drive: motivation. 10 minutes.
Wherethehellismatt2008. 4.5 minutes. In Jeff Sutherland's Self-org talk he explains why he likes this video.
Sara Bareilles - Love Song. How we start to tell the truth. 4.5 minutes.
Money Ball. It's tough to introduce change. See the whole film. But here is one metaphor. 2 minutes.
Susan Boyle's audition. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." If you read the lyrics, there is also a caution. But for a Team, miracles can happen. In unlikely situations. 7 minutes.
High Moon Studios - Scrum. Humorous and serious at the same time. 1.5 minutes.
We band of brothers - Kenneth Branagh, doing that famous speech from Henry V. A feeling just like your Scrum Team has (we hope). Go to about 2 min 20 secs in.
Our first five recommendations.
Ken Schwaber’s site – An excellent source from the co-creator of Scrum.
Agile Alliance – The site where the many strands of Agile come together.
Scrum Alliance – The site for Certified ScrumMasters, Certified Scrum Product Owners, Certified Scrum Professionals, and others interested in Scrum. Useful, far from perfect.
Mike Cohn’s site – This site has a lot of excellent, practical advice. Very down to earth. Many good articles and presentations.
Agile Manifesto – Did we mention that earlier? Yes, and on a link you can also see the Agile Principles, and a description of how the manifesto (not my favorite word) came to be written. We are grateful for the courage of these pioneers.
For additional websites, see here.