Recommended Reading

Repeatedly I get the question “What books should I read about Agile?”. Here is a list I have compiled. There are probably more good books, and if you find one, don’t hesitate to recommend it to me.


  • Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, by Tom & Mary Poppendieck.
  • Agile Software Development, by Alistair Cockburn.
  • Agile Software Development Ecosystems, by Jim Highsmith.
  • Scrum and XP from the Trenches, by Henrik Kniberg.


  • Agile Software Development with Scrum, by Ken Schwaber & Mike Beedle.


  • Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, by Kent Beck.
    The first edition is more practical, the second is re-written extensively to show how values fit together with the techniques and practices.
  • Planning Extreme Programming, by Kent Beck & Martin Fowler.

Management & Leadership

  • Agile and Iterative Development—A Manager’s Guide, by Craig Larman.
  • Collaboration Explained : Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders, by Jean Tabaka.
  • Managing The Design Factory, by Donald Reinertsen.
  • Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, by Esther Derby & Diana Larsen.
  • Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams , by Tom DeMarco & Tim Lister.

Requirement Management & Modelling

  • User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development, by Mike Cohn.
  • Agile modeling: Effective Practices for Extreme Programming and the Unified Process, by Scott Ambler.


  • Agile Estimating and Planning, by Mike Cohn.


  • Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, by Lisa Crispin.
  • Test Driven: TDD and Acceptance TDD for Java Developers, by Lasse Koskela.
  • Test-Driven Development By Example, by Kent Beck.

Programming & Refactoring

  • The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master, by Andrew Hunt & David Thomas.
  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code, by Michael Feathers.
  • Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code, by Martin Fowler.
  • Refactoring to Patterns, by Joshua Kerievsky.


  • Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash, by Mary & Tom Poppendieck.

3 Replies to “Recommended Reading”

    1. Thanks, Östen! That seems to be a good suggestion. I have not read it myself but I’m putting it on my own list of books to read.

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