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6 Essential Scrum Books

Agile Actors
Jul 11, 2019 · 4 min read

Scrum is the most popular Agile framework. It is simple to adopt, but implementing it with success could prove to be challenging. The only way to overcome the “glitches” that may appear in the process is to understand its fundamentals and discover practical techniques that will help you get past any obstacles.

Find below a list with the scrum books we believe are a game changer for the pre-game, game and post-game phases of the Scrum methodology.

The Epic Guide to Agile: More Business Value on a Predictable Schedule with Scrum by Dave Todaro

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Epic is an understatement when considering Dave Todaro has been programming since the age of 11, meaning he has lived and breathed software development for the past 35+ years.

This book is a must-read if you are looking to discover practical agile delivery techniques to make your software shine. In its pages, you’ll find insights and techniques to help you and your team adopt an effective Scrum methodology.

Scrum Fundamentals: A Beginner’s Guide to Mastery of The Scrum Project Management Methodology (Scrum Mastery) by Jeff Cohn

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Want to adopt the Agile mindset and don’t know where to start? This book includes all the essential “Hows” and “Whats” to help you get started and embrace this framework that helps teams collaborate effectively and businesses to grow. When you finish reading, you’ll be confident to run your first sprint.

Scrum Mastery: Agile Leadership to Take Your Team’s Performance from Good to Great

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You know the basics of Scrum, but you still find the process challenging in many ways? This book goes beyond the basics as it shows you how to become a skilled Scrum Master who is more than just a meeting facilitator, and how to lead your team to greatness.

So if you are looking for in-depth knowledge on how to practice great servant leadership and advice on how to solve everyday problems such as scope creep, team members showing up late and challenging stakeholders then look no further.

Scrum Product Ownership: Navigating The Forest AND The Tree (3rd Edition) by Robert Galen

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Published in 2009 it was the first book to address the Product Owner role in detail. Ten years later, much has changed in the Scrum methodology, but the role of Product Owner is still a challenge. The Third Edition of Scrum Product Ownership has more practical advice, real-world tactics, and stories. The book provides a framework of ideas to help today’s Product Owners and their teams to better “Deliver the Goods.”

Scrum — A Pocket Guide — 2nd edition: A Smart Travel Companion (2nd Edition) by Gunther Verheyen

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This pocket guide to Scrum is ideal for everyone who wants to learn or re-learn about Scrum. Its author, Gunther Verheyen, is a long-time Scrum practitioner which means that this book is filled with helpful information that gives you a complete, yet clear overview of Scrum without the unnecessary nonsense.

Lean Mastery: A Study Guide for Lean Six Sigma, Scrum, Kanban and Agile Project Management (Inc. Certification Training for White, Green, Yellow and Black Belts with 300 Test Questions and Answers) by Michael Craig

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Six Sigma Certifications have become very popular in recent times. If you are interested in gaining certification for your Scrum knowledge then this guide aims to provide comprehensive and detailed knowledge regarding the subject as well as study materials that you can benefit from. There separate sections on Scrum, Kanban and Agile Project Management in this book will ultimately provide you with valuable insight on every aspect and subject.

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