Agile Reading List

This is my Gold Standard reading list for learning and practicing the Scrum Software Development Methodology. Not surprisingly, Scrum can be used for any kind of project, not just software development as it’s Lean Management framework was largely borrowed from Lean Manufacturing principles from Lean Six Sigma, TQM, Kanban, Kaizen and the Theory of Constraints. This list was originally borrowed from the Scrum Alliance’s reading list. In addition to the articles found on the Scrum Alliance’s website, the following books will help you on your journey to Scrum.

All of these books are available via the O’Reilly Safari Books Online website.

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Dr. Seuss on Creativity

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

Agile Planning Quote

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

General Patton on Planning

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

Building an albatross

Seth Godin has made me think again about strategic plans and how to build businesses.

John Baldoni in Leadership

“Leadership is an active, living process. It is rooted in character, forged by experience, and communicated by example.”

John Baldoni

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Managing Humans

Incredible blog about managing humans (real ones). This blog is nice as it is a nice conversation about what it takes to really motivate people to do stuff. It also has a nice design.

The value of time

The older I get the more I value time, mine and others. So while reading Tom’s experience of switching from Windows to Mac OS X via Unbuntu Linux. Tom, like myself, values his time, too. So it’s no surprise to me, while reading that Crossover and Wine mostly wasted a lot of his instead of moving his productivity forward, that what came to mind is an old quote about Linux, “Linux is only free if your time has no value. (Jamie Zawinski)”. As it stands right now, I’m planning to switch to Apple as soon as I can afford it.


Simple… It just works.

Learn Java from the ground up – Java World

Java World’s short and not-so-sweet introduction to Java. I recommend coming back to Java World only as a last resort. It wreaks of Vendor bias.

Trail: Learning the Java Language (The Java™ Tutorials)

Sun’s online learning site for JAVA