Who is Agile? Volume 1

Yves Hanoulle, along with a great team (including Andrea Chiou, Marcin Floryan, and others), is the creator of a new book, titled “Who is Agile?“. The book is an insight into many leaders in the Agile community. This is not a book on agile practices, tools or techniques. Rather, the book is about the people and groups that are part of the Agile community, and offers a glimpse into the minds of many people that we might otherwise only get to know through their books, papers, tweets, conference appearances and blogs. The book includes many famous authors, but also includes many people who are less well known, but active in the community in other ways. I was honoured to be included by Yves.

Another thing that is interesting about the book is the way it is published through Leanpub. Early versions are available now, and you get free updates each time updates are published. You also get to name your own price, within the bounds of a specified lower limit. The lower limit gets higher as new content is added, so the earlier you decide to purchase, the better the deal you get.

The first volume includes interviews with Johanna Rothman, Mary Poppendieck, Esther Derby, Don Gray, Jerry Weinberg, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, Gojko Adzic, JB Rainsberger, Linda Rising, Lyssa Adkins, Jean Tabaka, Alistair Cockburn, Oana Juncu, Bob Marshall, Vickie Gray, Lisa Crispin, Liz Keogh, Ralph Miarka, Yuval Yeret and many other very interesting and inspiring people. I’m enjoying reading it, and getting to know them a little better.

Yves and team are already working on Volume 2. Check them out on Leanpub, and on Yves’ Web site.

5 Books for Agile Coaches

There is a growing body of knowledge on agile coaching, and some of the tools required to be an effective agile coach. These books are a great starting point for anyone interested in understanding what an agile coach is, how to become an agile coach, or generally how to be more effective as a coach or ScrumMaster.

These books assume knowledge and experience with agile, and are not an introduction to agile.

I list them here in the order in which I read them. If you are an agile coach, ScrumMaster, or someone interested in helping teams and organizations achieve higher performance, then these are essential reading.

Book - Agile RetrospectivesBook - Agile CoachingBook - Collaboration ExplainedBook - Project RetrospectivesBook - Coaching Agile Teams

Two of the books are specifically about retrospectives. Retrospectives are an essential tool in our box as coaches, and developing skills with a variety of retrospective techniques is important.

Managing for Stakeholders

Managing for Stakeholders


Freeman et al take a broad view of who are the stakeholders in an organization. In this book they present ten principles of stakeholder management, and seven techniques for stakeholder engagement.

Authors: R. Edward Freeman, Jeffrey S. Harrison, Andrew C. Wicks

Publisher: Yale University Press (October 30, 2007)

ISBN-10: 0300125283

ISBN-13: 978-0300125283

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Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach

Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach - Book by R.E. Freeman

Classic text on Stakeholder Management from R.E. Freeman. First published in 1984, it has been hard to find in recent years, but there is a recent reprint issued by Cambridge in 2010. This book provides a history of the term ‘stakeholder’ and the theory behind Stakeholder Management. The book explores the roots of Stakeholder Management in Corporate Planning, Systems Theory, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Organization Theory.

Author: R.E. Freeman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 11, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0521151740

ISBN-13: 978-0521151740

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