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Top 5 Recommended Books for Scrum Masters

Updated: Jun 18, 2023

Scrum is a lightweight framework that helps people, teams and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions for complex problems.

The Scrum Master is accountable for establishing Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. Let's look at some recommended books that are a must read for every Scrum Master.

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time- Jeff Sutherland

“Jeff Sutherland has written the essence of Scrum for the masses. This book elevates Scrum from a fix-it tool to a way of life.” - — Hirotaka Takeuchi, professor of management practice, Harvard Business School

Jeff is the co-creator of Scrum and a leading expert on how this way of working has evolved to meet the needs of today's business. The framework he developed in 1993 and formalized in 1995 with Ken Schwaber has since been adopted by the vast majority of software development companies around the world. But Jeff realized that the benefits of Scrum are not limited to software and product development. He has adapted this successful strategy for several other industries including: finance, healthcare, higher education, telecom, energy, and all types of hardware companies. As the Founder and Chairman of Scrum Inc. and Senior Advisor to OpenView Venture Partners, Jeff sets the vision for success with Scrum. He continues to share best practices with organizations around the globe and has written extensively on Scrum rules and methods.

The Scrum Fieldbook: A master class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

Based on years of work in the field with scores of companies, including Bosch, 3M, Schlumberger, and Rio Tinto, The Scrum Fieldbook delivers a hands-on, practical approach to rapidly delivering value for companies and organizations.

Scrum is the secret weapon behind some of today’s most successful companies. Businesses like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple use Scrum to drive incredibly fast innovation, laser focus on customers, and continuous improvement, and to decrease decision times in order to reshape the world.

Scrum is the most utilized Agile framework. In recent years, its use has exploded across the corporate world, far beyond its software and technology roots.

J. J. Sutherland and the team at Scrum Inc. have dramatically improved performance at global banks, utility providers, medical device manufacturers, mining giants, and firms on the cutting edge of genetic science. Scrum has helped companies large and small thrive in the age of disruption.

In Sutherland’s first book, the national bestseller Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, coauthored with his father, Jeff, the co-creator of Scrum, he laid out the Scrum framework used by almost all of today’s leading technology companies.

In The Scrum Fieldbook, he draws on his firm’s extensive experience in the field to take leaders, managers, and employees deeper into the specific challenges and new opportunities organizations face in an Agile transformation. He shows how the Scrum framework can be successfully applied to any project in any industry, from automobile manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe to nonprofits in Africa, from home renovation contractors in Minnesota to gas exploration companies in South America, from fighter plane builders in Sweden to U.S. Navy Special Forces teams in regions of the world we can’t mention.

Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Project Managers in Transition- Cohn

Whether you’re an agile coach, leader, trainer, mentor, facilitator, ScrumMaster, project manager, product owner, or team member, this book will help you become skilled at helping others become truly great. What could possibly be more rewarding?

The Provocative and Practical Guide to Coaching Agile Teams

As an agile coach, you can help project teams become outstanding at agile, creating products that make them proud and helping organizations reap the powerful benefits of teams that deliver both innovation and excellence.

More and more frequently, ScrumMasters and project managers are being asked to coach agile teams. But it’s a challenging role. It requires new skills―as well as a subtle understanding of when to step in and when to step back. Migrating from “command and control” to agile coaching requires a whole new mind-set.

In Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins gives agile coaches the insights they need to adopt this new mind-set and to guide teams to extraordinary performance in a re-energized work environment. You’ll gain a deep view into the role of the agile coach, discover what works and what doesn’t, and learn how to adapt powerful skills from many allied disciplines, including the fields of professional coaching and mentoring.

Coverage includes

  • Understanding what it takes to be a great agile coach

  • Mastering all of the agile coach’s roles: teacher, mentor, problem solver, conflict navigator, and performance coach

  • Creating an environment where self-organized, high-performance teams can emerge

  • Coaching teams past cooperation and into full collaboration

  • Evolving your leadership style as your team grows and changes

  • Staying actively engaged without dominating your team and stunting its growth

  • Recognizing failure, recovery, and success modes in your coaching

  • Getting the most out of your own personal agile coaching journey

Whether you’re an agile coach, leader, trainer, mentor, facilitator, ScrumMaster, project manager, product owner, or team member, this book will help you become skilled at helping others become truly great. What could possibly be more rewarding?.

Scrum Mastery: Geoff Watts Agile Mastery Series

The basics of being a ScrumMaster are fairly straightforward: At face value all a ScrumMaster needs to do is facilitate the Scrum process and remove impediments. But being a great ScrumMaster, one who truly embodies the principles of servant-leadership and helps move a team to the high performance levels possible with Scrum, is much harder and much more elusive.

In this book Geoff shares a collection of stories and practical guidance, drawn from over ten years of coaching numerous Scrum teams that will guide you on your path to greatness.

In this book you will learn:

  • The skills and characteristics of great ScrumMasters

  • How to generate, maintain and increase engagement from the team

  • How to increase the effectiveness of the Scrum meetings, such as retrospectives and daily scrums.

  • How to foster a more creative and collaborative team

  • How to increase the performance of the team

  • How to know when you are a successful ScrumMaster

  • Scrum Mastery is for practicing ScrumMasters who want to develop themselves into a great servant-leader capable of taking their teams beyond simple process compliance.

Mike Cohn, in his foreword for the book, said:

"Most books rehash well-trod territory and I don’t finish them any wiser. I am positive I will be referring back to this book for many years"

Roman Pichler said:

"I am thoroughly impressed with how comprehensive and well-written the book is. It will be indispensable for many people"!

Team Mastery: Geoff Watts Agile Mastery Series

Great Teams Need SQUAD Depth If you have ever been part of a great team you will know it is exponentially better than being part of a mediocre team. Teams are at the heart of working in complex domains and are essential to the success of agile approaches yet relatively few teams achieve greatness. Agile and leadership coach Geoff Watts has pulled together his many years of experience with all sorts of teams from software, to product development, from medical teams to sports teams and has identified five common characteristics of great teams: Self-Improvement Quality Unity Audacity Delivery These characteristics are not binary but can be developed through conscious and deliberate action and practice with many milestones along the way towards Team Mastery!

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