The 5 Must-Read Books for New Agile Project Managers

Below you will find my list based on the reference list recommended to past the PMI-ACP certification.

I suggest you to read them in the following order:

1. Exploring Scrum: The Fundamentals – Dan Rawsthorne, Doug Shimp

  • Great book to get solid basis about Scrum. Special attention to the scrum flow, definition of done and backlog

2. The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility – Michele Sliger

  • Excellent mapping about agile/scrum and PMP project management

3. Agile Estimating and Planning – Mike Cohn

  • Great to understand how backlog grooming or backlog refinement work. There is good study case at the end of the book that I ask my teammates to read before starting a project

4. Agile Retrospectives – Making Good Teams Great – Esther Derby, Diana Larsen

  • No need to read all the book to start using it, Very pragmatic. I use it for short retrospective and team buildings

5. Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition – Mike Cohn

  • If you want to boost your people management skills, go for this book. I started directly reading the conflict management chapter, and it really helped me

But, it is not only about the must-read books about agile project management…

These books give us a good framework but do not forget:

  • Do and improve: don’t wait to finish all the books to start doing agile project management
  • Do your on retrospectives and get the lessons learned
  • Share your new knowledge with your teams and colleagues to get different perspectives
  • Top priority: create a high quality backlog

And you: which other books do you recommend?