An Agile Cambridge Reading List

Welcome to my not-entirely complete Agile Cambridge 2015 book list.  Why isn’t it entirely complete?  For starters, many books were mentioned in passing, Kevlin Henney in particular throwing out quotes and titles at rate so ferocious my free conference biro melted into wispy nothingness.  I’ve listed books which either cropped up in multiple talks or seemed interesting and novel (groan).  Secondly, the list currently captures recommendations from talks I attended – a fraction of the content across three tracks and around fifty talks, tutorials or workshops.  If you think I’ve missed any crucial reads do let me know, I’d be happy to include them.

In all cases I’ve aimed to link to the home site, rather than anyone’s favorite online re-seller

Mindset by Carol Dweck, on building a growth mindset to reach our potential.

Drive by Dan Pink, influential book on motivation, summarized at TED.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, the source of the System 1 and System 2 thinking styles.

Eight Behaviors For Smarter Teams, and Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams by Roger schawarz, A PDF is available here.

Minimum Viable Book by Emily Webber & Amy Wagner, a growing collection of stories from people who create things.

Lateral Thinking by Edward De Bono, the inventor of the technique describes its value, and approaches.

Being Agile In Business by Belinda Waldock, primarily aimed at non-software businesses, but relevant to software organisations, introduces agile with practical methods.

A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development: How HP Transformed LaserJet FutureSmart Firmware by Gary Gruver, Mike Young, Pat Fulghum.  This book has solid agile and continuous delivery content.

Build Quality In by Steve Smith Matthew Skelton et al (I’m one of the al!)  experience reports from a diverse range of continuous delivery practitioners.

More Agile Testing by Janet Gregory and Lis Crispin, they have a neat mind map of the book, in their words: “two world-renowned agile test experts ask tough questions about agile testing – and provide definitive answers”


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