Agile Reading List

Since 2011, I’ve published a software development-focused reading list.  These are books, that in my opinion, should be read by people directly involved in delivering enterprise software, which is my primary perspective.  I have refreshed it every few years, and it’s again due for an update.  However, I’m doing something different this year, which is to break the list out into some specific recommendations based on a persons skill or role on an agile team.  Perhaps you focus your time on writing code – you are going to have a different base of knowledge than someone who is in the role of Product Owner.  This isn’t to say that there is not value in reading any book on the list – I do believe there is value in reading about others perspectives – but I wanted to segregate because there are some “must reads” for some roles.  Finally, this list really is aimed at those who are trying to learn (or refresh themselves) about agile.  If you are an experienced agilist, it’s likely you’ve read a good portion of these books.  So without further ado:

Anyone involved with Agile software delivery

Doesn’t matter your role – if you are directly involved in Agile software delivery, these are must reads. 


User Experience

These recommendations come highly from a few people directly involved in delivering user experience-focused products using Scrum.  They are not mine directly, but I trust the opinion of those who recommended them.

Testers / Analysts

Is your focus on the team about delivering a product but you aren’t writing code?  Are you focused on working with your product owner to envision a solution, groom a backlog, do exploratory testing, and release a quality product?  These are for you.


Have to worry about your Agile development team shipping software all the time?  Get in sync with these two classics. 

Product Owners

Executives/Organizational Leaders

Agile Coaches/Scrum Masters

I actually think people in these roles, especially a coaching role, should read every single book on this entire list, so they understand the principles and thinking around all roles. 


Here are a few other random recommendations not directly related to agile, but come extremely highly recommended from those whose opinions I trust. 

I’m sure there are many books that are very worthy of being on this list.  Our industry is blessed with talented and passionate people who have great ideas to share through the written word.

What are some books you’ve read and would recommend to others?  Comment below!


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