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A few years ago, we curated a bookshelf of the top books for project managers as suggested by the online project management community. Now that it’s the beginning of a new year, we decided to build another list for those looking to tighten their agile approach.

Once again, we sought advice from online communities about the essential books for agile, Scrum and Lean. Whittling the list down to the books mentioned most, we also scoured Amazon reviews and totted up star ratings to finally build our list of the top 15 agile books.

Which agile books are for you?

Are you an agile amateur? If so, you need to check out ‘Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction’ by Chris Sims and ‘Essential Scrum’ by Kenneth S. Rubin.

Are you leading an agile team? Well, if you agree with the notion that many project problems are sociological, not technological, best-seller ‘Peopleware’ by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister will help you tighten your team. ‘Succeeding with Agile’ by Mike Cohn will benefit those who are leading an agile transition within an organization.

If you’re having day-to-day issues implementing Scrum, we’d recommend keeping ‘The Scrum Field Guide’ by Mitch Lacey handy. As its always best to hear things straight from the horse’s mouth, both titles of ‘Scrum’, written by one of Scrum’s founders, Jeff Sutherland, also come highly recommended for anyone using Scrum.

Are you the product manager? Well, ‘Agile Product Management with Scrum’ by Roman Pichler clarifies the role and responsibilities of the product owner and is perfect for overcoming common challenges.

For those who are involved in starting a business project, make sure to add ‘Running Lean’ by Ash Maurya, ‘Lean Analytics’ by Alistair Croll & Benjamin Yoskovitz and ‘The Lean Startup’ by Eric Ries to your reading list.

Software developers need look no further than ‘Agile Software Development’ by Robert C Martin for good design practice, and ‘Impact Mapping’ by Gojko Adzic and Marjory Bisset for creating better plans and roadmaps.

If you prefer fiction over theory, ‘The Phoenix Project’ by Gene Kim and Kevin Behr cleverly tells the tale of an IT project, taking the reader through its successes and failures.

Last but not least, delve into ‘Agile Project Management’ by Jim Highsmith for an integration of the best project management, product management, and software development practices.

We hope you find this top agile books list useful. Feel free to share or link back to this page so others can benefit from it. Don’t forget to pin the graphic to your Pinterest board for easy reference!

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