One of the things that I love about attending
Agile 2011 is the rapid-fire exposure to new ideas. In particular, I usually get enough book ideas to fill up my reading list for a good part of the next year. This year, I am certain I will not get to all of these.
Here are the books that I made note of this year.
From The Keynotes
From The Sessions
Teamwork Is an Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done When Sharing Responsibility
Should be a good followup to his excellent session. Building a better team starts with oneself.
Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation
Jez Humble, Thoughtworks
I don’t get much exposure to this because of the nature of our product but I am positive that there are a lot of ideas here that I can still apply
Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software
Discussion and pointers on releasing software and real world problems that you will encounter. Recommended from a number of sources now.
The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development
Recommended by numerous people as a seminal work. I already have
Managing the Design Factory
in the queue.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Lots of hype around Lean Startup and this book, especially from people who know the area. This is on the top of my pile once it arrives.
The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative
The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management and I expect this one to be just as good
Lean Thinking: Second Edition, Revised and Updated
James P Womack, Lean Enterprise Institute
This is referenced a lot, especially in the
The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production James P Womack, Lean Enterprise Institute
I should have read this one a long time ago
Reorganize for Resilience: Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business
Ranjay Gulati, Harvard Business School
Studies of companies that are able to respond to changing markets and customer needs
The Power Of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
Discusses the concept of pulling information through an organization to improve its ability to learn and react
The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business
Looks like an interesting explanation of why old companies are failing and the transformation to new-economy companies
The Ultimate Question 2.0 (Revised and Expanded Edition): How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World
The concept is so simple that I should read more about the Net Promoter score and see where it can apply in my work
Enchantment: Art of Getting People to Do What You Want
Influence and persuasion to align others goals with your own. I like the idea of win-win situations that are not manipulative.
Juice: The Power of Conversation — The Secret to Releasing Your People’s Brilliance and Expanding Your Leadership Influence
Brady G. Wilson
Recommended both by Stephen Denning in his session and a basis for the session by my friends
Declan Whelan and Bryan Beecham.
The Responsibility Virus: How Control Freaks, Shrinking Violets-And the Rest Of Us-Can Harness the Power Of True Partnership
Roger Martin, Rotman School of Business
Mentioned by both Christopher Avery and Stephen Denning
The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist
Frederick P. Brooks, University of North Carolina
One of the first books mentioned in Mary Poppendieck’s talk on Systems Thinking.
What Customers Want: Using Outcome-Driven Innovation to Create Breakthrough Products and Services
Studies of numerous companies and products to help unlock ways to determine why customers are really looking for
Specification by Example: How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software
I really enjoyed
Bridging the Communication Gap: Specification by Example and Agile Acceptance Testing and have been meaning to read this one too
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development
Highly recommended in the Lean Startup world and apparently a necessary precursor to reading the next book in the list
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
A seminal work in customer development and building a startup
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
How corporate culture lead to success at