30 Books for Scrum Masters
30 Books for Scrum Masters
Getting good at any role in the development world requires a lot of reading. Lucky for you Scrum Masters, we've got 30 great books on Scrum and Agile to get you going.
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Hi, everyone! In this article, I'd like to share my list of top 30 books for Scrum Masters.
This is the first and foremost area of a Scrum Master's skills. A Scrum Master is a practitioner living by the Agile and Scrum values (Openness, Commitment, Courage, Respect, Focus) not in word but in deed. A seasoned Scrum Master has years of experience under his belt working with these values. Here's a list of books that will help you dive into this area.
- Practices For Scaling Lean and Agile Development
- Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners
- Scrum Mastery
- Scrum Field Guide
- Scaling Lean and Agile Development
- The Great ScrumMaster
Teaching and Mentoring
A Scrum Master is an expert, and therefore a teacher/mentor when it comes to understanding real (classic) Scrum. If you wake up a good Scrum Master in the middle of the night, he will instantly list the 11 elements of Scrum and tell you how Scrum values are connected to empirical processes. Here's a list of books on this area.
A Scrum Master has the skills of a professional coach. He has studied at various coaching federations, knows how to ask insightful, open-ended questions, and firmly holds the coaching stance. These three books will help you develop these skills.
- Coaching Agile Teams
- Co-Active Coaching (must read for any coach)
- Coaching Questions (a practical book with lots of ready made questions)
You cannot overestimate the importance of facilitating for Scrum Masters because a Scrum Master is in charge of ensuring the efficiency of the process and facilitating the Development Team decisions. I recommend that Scrum Masters who are just starting out acquire this skill first. Use these books:
- Agile Retrospectives
- The Secrets of Facilitation
- Facilitator’s Guide To Participatory Decision Making
Here are books for a Scrum Master who aims for technical mastery and wants to coach teams on engineering practices:
Coaching and training Product Owners are important tasks for a Scrum Master. This causes many questions: which product techniques do I use for Product Backlog? How can I help optimize the business value? How do we define our product development strategy? The answers can be found here:
- User Story Mapping
- The Lean Product Playbook
- Value Proposition Design
- Business Model Generation
- Impact Mapping
If a Scrum Master wants to transform organizations and their culture and, what's most important, is brave enough for this, he/she becomes an agent of organizational change. You'll find useful tools in these books:
That's it! I hope you'll find this list useful. I would love to see more real Scrum Masters: practitioners, teachers/mentors, coaches, drivers of engineering and business/product practices, and agents of change!
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