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Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business (the “Blue Book”) – David Anderson - The original treatise on the Kanban Method. New, expanded edition coming later in 2018.


Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban - David Anderson - some really amazing thoughts coming from the Kanban Method originator and protagonist.


Rethinking Agile: Why Agile Teams Have Nothing To Do With Business Agility - Klaus Leopold - yes, a slightly provocative title, and now he has you reading about the case study that could be your company!  It's a wonderful format to read and he consolidates most of the key points from his below two books. Essential reading for anyone doing this Lean Agile thing.

Practical Kanban – Klaus Leopold - Klaus' book moves toward the practicality that is inherent in Kanban, but often misunderstood. 

Essential Kanban Condensed: David Anderson, Andy Carmichael – free quickstart reading on Kanban

Real-World Kanban: Do Less, Accomplish More with Lean Thinking - Mattias Skarin - more Kanban designs

Agile Project Management with Kanban - Eric Brechner - 

Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life - Tonianne DeMaria Barry, Jim Benson - wonderful explanation of the power and simplicity of Kanban as a life-work device.


Kanban Change Leadership: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement - Klaus Leopold, Siegfried Kaltenecker - excellent explanation and development of Kanban ideas and reality.


Kanban Maturity Model – David Anderson, Teodora Bozheva - hot off the press exploration of understanding Kanban evolution and maturity. Download some free stuff from the main KMM site including ebooks and large format diagram of model.

Essential Upstream Kanban - Patrick Steyaert - what to do about the work and product/service development that happens before you start your delivery and release journey.

Okaloa Flowlab - more advanced kanban simulation exploring the other, important areas of the ideas-to-release continuum. 

getKanban game - excellent simulation of Kanban using appdev/technology board. Introduces important situational learnings applicable to all Kanban.

Featureban kanban simulation - cost-effective kanban game

Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban - Henrik Kniberg - more fun with exploring big projects and how to approach scaling challenges with Kanban.


Kanban from the Inside: Understand the Kanban Method, connect it to what you already know, introduce it with impact - Mike Burrows, Luke Hohmann - Kanban values, principles, etc. looking inside out.

Product and Service Capability

This section is a combination of Product Ownership competency, Product Development/Ideation/Innovation approaches and finally effective ways to organize and orchestrate a Product Development lifecycle.  

Product Ownership

Scrum Product Ownership: Navigating The Forest and The Trees - Bob Galen - This is his 3rd edition. The 1st had a lot of key insights in Scrum's contribution to Product roles and competencies. I'm sure this will be even better.

Product Mastery: From Good to Great Product Ownership - Geoff Watts - sticking with his role improvement theme, a wonderful sequel to his Scrum Mastery.

Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love – Roman Pichlar - Roman's perspective has a lot of great points.


Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams - Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson, Nate Walkingshaw

Product Development/Ideation/Innovation

Design Sprints – book Sprint describes it, a cadenced method of testing ideas in 5 days.

Human Centered Design and Design Thinking - a creative approach to problem solving and the backbone of work from IDEO - a prominent international idea and design firm.

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation - Tim Brown - great overview by one of IDEO founders

Jobs to be Done (JTBD)  – is an product innovation approach that shapes a product by asking - what jobs is the customer hiring this product for? It is a very focused and systematic process…but realizes/develops better products than simply guessing.  Main person doing this for over 20 years is Tony Ulwick

Other great JTBD discussion is in the book Competing Against Luck by Clayton Christensen,

Fit for Purpose: How Modern Businesses Find, Satisfy, & Keep Customers – David Anderson, Alexei Zheglov - Kanban thought leaders discussions on product and service necessities for organizational survival.

The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development – Donald Reinertsen - quite technical and tough to read, full of absolutely essential ideas.

Discover to Deliver – Ellen Gottesdiener – talks through product discovery approach – free pdf book on her website


Product Development Process and Organization

Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age - Roman Pichler 


Lean Startup - Eric Ries - Lean Startup – how do you structure a company process to survive as a startup?  Includes product development using customer feedback loops, but also startup management concepts. It’s actually where term MVP came from. Check out the lean startup site.

Essential Upstream Kanban - Patrick Steyaert - free book if you give some info. Discusses what to do about the work and product/service development that happens before you start your delivery and release journey.


The Lean Machine: How Harley-Davidson Drove Top-Line Growth and Profitability with Revolutionary Lean Product Development - Dantar Oosterwal - great story on product comeback.


Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota's System is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It Why Toyota's System Is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It - Michael Kennedy


Designing the Future: How Ford, Toyota, and other World-Class Organizations Use Lean Product Development to Drive Innovation and Transform Their Business - James Morgan, Jeff Liker


Lean Product and Process Development – Allen Ward

Organizational Agility

The Age of Agile - Stephen Denning - moving Agile mindset firmly beyond technology.  


Agendashift – Mike Burrows - a Leanpub book and master group that subscribes to transformation approach that is more respectful of how able orgs can adopt change.


Agility Health Assessments –

The Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership - Pollyanna Pixton, Paul Gibson


Agile IT Organization Design: For Digital Transformation and Continuous Delivery - Sriram Narayan - I like many parts of this book. The end section discussing Agile physical work space is very good.

An Agile Adoption And Transformation Survival Guide - Michael Sahota - as the survival part of subtitle implies...short book touches on some of the more challenging aspects of organizational transformations to Agile.


Business Agility Institute - website - org launched at Business Agility conference March 2018. Reflects the growing interest and experimentation with Agile mindset in business outside of the traditional tech stronghold. 

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox - 30 years and going strong. One of the original business novels/stories. Fortunate to have been exposed to the Theory of Constraints and this book by my first coach back in 2004...


The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions - Mary and Tom Poppendieck - one of the best Lean mindset books around. Shares mindset through case studies.

Agile Coaching

Agile coaching framework – Agile Coaching Institute’s competency and domain framework serves as a True North for anyone wanting to move beyond good coaching to great coaching!


Coaching Agile Teams – Lyssa Adkins - if you can't attend a bootcamp or competency courses offered by ACI, this gives you basic guidance


InspireMe! card deck – Lyssa Adkins - inspirational cards and exercises to brighten your day and reinforce key attitudinal coaching stances

Agile Coaching - Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley - more focused on how to help teams implement Agile practices effectively

Co-Active Coaching, 3th Edition: Changing Business, Transforming Lives - Karen Kimsey House, et. al.: - seminal work on coaching as a partnering competency   

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, 2nd Ed - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny - I remember attending a McGraw Hill book launch presentation for their 1st edition. A little long, but good to get some things for those inevitable gnarly talks.

Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior, 2nd Ed - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny - Followup to previous resource. I actually liked the original title "Crucial Confrontations" a little more. Some ways to deal with the consequences of not having Crucial Conversations initially.

The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully – Gerald Weinberg - key things to understand that will make your coaching life more fulfilling and successful


Facilitating with Ease: Core Skills for Facilitators, Team Leaders and Members, Managers, Consultants, and Trainers, 4th Ed - Ingrid Bens - the classic on facilitation skills

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders - Jean Tabaka - great book to help understand how to develop better collaborative dynamics both within and around your teams.

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great - Esther Derby, Diana Larsen - Retros are essential meetings for Lean-Agile. Find out ways to keep purposeful, fresh, unboring by reading this book and research the volumes of approaches that the community has developed. 


Training from the Back of the Room - Sharon Bowman - want to break free from your "Death by Powerpoint?"  tired of being the "Sage on Stage?"   Want your attendees to be engaged and actually learn something? Work through this book or better yet, try the 2-day class!


The Servant as Leader – Robert Greenleaf - original classic essay on Servant Leadership     


The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of the Business Narrative – Steve Denning - interesting discussion about how to use storytelling as a way to convey ideas and introduce change.


A Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Gandhi – Keshavan Nair - draw some learnings from a master leader


The Responsibility Process: Unlocking Your Natural Ability to Live and Lead with Power – Christopher Avery


Leadership and Self-Deception - The Arbinger Institute: 


Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, Jurgen Appelo

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