RESOURCES

 

A collection of links to Web Sites, Blogs, Books, Articles, and Groups and Communities involved in Agile Methodology.

 

 

 

The Agile Manifesto - Agile Principles

The rock bottom foundation for Agile thought.

The Agile Alliance

An excellent source for all things Agile.

The Scrum Alliance

Another general Agile source.

What is Lean

Lots about Lean.

Ken Schwaber's website

Ken is one of the real innovators and founders of Agile.

Mike Cohn's website

Another Agile innovator with introduction to Scrum.

Theory of Constraints

One of the key principals behind Agile and Lean thinking. Understand this and you better understand Agile and Lean.

Tobias Mayer's Web site
Tobias Mayer's Blog

Tobias is another of the true thought leaders in Agile and Scrum.

Lyssa Adkins' blog

Lyssa, an Agile Richmond member, really walks us through the journey that is Agile.

Agile Fun

User stories, paper prototyping, estimation & planning by Robin Dymond - feedback

 

Groups/Communities

 

Agile Leadership Network (APLN)

The "mother" organization of Agile organizations.

Scrum Development

A place to ask questions and hear from others working in software development under Scrum.

Extreme Programming

Discussion on Extreme Programming, Agile Methods, software development practices, and related topics. Not just for XP practitioners.

Agile Usability

This group is aimed at writers, designers, interaction analysts, etc.

Agile Testing

For testers, and anyone interested in testing.

Retrospectives

The retrospectives group, for those interested in exploring this specific issue in more depth.

Agile Charlottesville

Our Central Virginia sister organization

Introductory Books

Agile & Iterative Development: A Managers Guide - By Craig Larman

The beginners guide to Agile: good overviews of the whole paradigm, and summaries of the different approaches.

Scrum and XP From the Trenches
By Henrik Kniberg

Also available as a downloadable PDF. If you are only going to read one Scrum book, then make it this one.

Agile Software Development with Scrum
By Ken Schwaber & Mike Beedle

The original Scrum book. Good, clear overview of the practices and principles of Scrum. It is somewhat out-of-date now, as Scrum has progressed since the book was written, but it is still a valuable read.

Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change - By Kent Beck

One of the first Agile books. Focuses mainly (but not solely) on the engineering practices, and supplies good overall context for creating an Agile organization.

User Stories Applied - By Mike Cohn

This clear and simple book covers the aspects of writing, estimating, prioritizing and committing to product requirements. Essential reading for Product Owners.

Articles

Scrum and Not Scrum

Info interview with Jeff Sutherland, with video.

A Scrum Master's Checklist  - By Michael James

 

Other Recommended Books

Artful Making - By Lee Devin & Rob Austin

This is an excellent book that explores how methods used in creative fields such as theatre can be applied to managing knowledge-based projects.

Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency  - By Tom DeMarco

This book is inspiring and surprising; it is like a whack to the side of the head.

Product/Project Management Material

Want Better Software? Just Ask - By Mike Cohn

Also take a look at Mike's other available papers. Mike Cohn has a very pragmatic approach to Scrum and writes in a very clear and succinct way.

Agile Project Management - Creating Innovative Products
By Jim Highsmith

Good overview of Agile approaches to project management. This is more "managerial" than I like, personally, but offers some good ideas for working with customers.

The Road from Project Manager to Agile Coach - By Lyssa Adkins

YouTube video in two parts.
View part one here
View part two here.

Interlocking Roles in Agile - By Lyssa Adkins

YouTube video

 

 

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