Recommended Books

I am often asked to recommend books.

I have found that I learn a lot through reading everything I can get my hands on, I am an avid reader. Below I have included a list of books from my own library that I often recommend.

Agile, Scrum, Lean

  1. The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done by Stephen Denning
  2. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland and J.J. Sutherland
  3. Scrum Mastery: From Good To Great Servant-Leadership by Geoff Watts
  4. The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  5. Sprint: How To Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp
  6. Rolling Rocks Downhill, The Agile Business Novel by Clarke Ching
  7. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim,‎ Kevin Behr,‎ and George Spafford

Agile leadership

  1. Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth by John Doerr
  2. Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business by Harley Manning,‎ Kerry Bodine and Josh Bernoff
  3. Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation by Karen Martin and Mike Osterling
  4. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  5. The Skilled Facilitator: A Comprehensive Resource for Consultants, Facilitators, Coaches, and Trainers by Roger M. Schwarz
  6. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek
  7. Training From the Back of the Room!: 65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn by Sharon L. Bowman

Agile product leadership

  1. Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams by Jeff Gothelf and‎ Josh Seiden
  2. Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden
  3. Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework by Mik Kersten
  4. Getting real: the smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application by 37 Signals

Coaching (including Agile)

  1. The Coaching Manual: The Definitive Guide to The Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching by Julie Starr
  2. Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition by Lyssa Adkins
  3. Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders by Jean Tabaka


  1. The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations by John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen
  2. Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip and Dan Heat


  1. Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck by Chip Heath and Dan Heath


  1. Winners: And How They Succeed by Alastair Campbell
  2. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown
  3. Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change by Erica Fox
  4. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh


  1. Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A. G. Lafley and‎ Roger Martin
  2. Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution and Change by Lawrence G. Hrebiniak
  3. Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters by Richard Rumelt


  1. Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick and Steve Wozniak
  2. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
  3. Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton and John Huey
  4. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson
  5. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
  6. The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone
  7. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  8. The Accidental Pornographer: A Story About Having a Go – And Succeeding… in Failing by Gavin Griffiths
  9. Hit Refresh: A Memoir by Microsoft’s CEO by Satya Nadella
  10. American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman
  11. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons in Creative Leadership from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger