The best 22 Scrum & Agile books

Scrum and Agile methodologies have become increasingly relevant in today's fast-paced business environment. Embracing these approaches can lead to improved project management, team collaboration, and overall success. That's why we've curated a list of essential books to help you navigate the world of Scrum and Agile.

Our list offers a comprehensive understanding of Scrum and Agile principles, practices, and real-world applications. So, let's empower your team and projects by diving into these insightful reads!
The best 22 Scrum & Agile books
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Scrum & Agile Books: ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

ReWork

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
4.5 (256 ratings)
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What's ReWork about?

Rework (2010) throws out the traditional notions of what it takes to run a business and offers a collection of unorthodox advice, ranging from productivity to communication and product development.

These lessons are based on the authors’ own experiences in building, running and growing their company to a point where it generates millions of dollars in profits annually.

Who should read ReWork?

  • Anyone who has ever considered starting their own company
  • Anyone interested in what work should be like in the 21st century
  • Anyone trying to create an environment of productivity

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Scrum & Agile Books: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries
How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses
4.6 (1,284 ratings)
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What's The Lean Startup about?

The Lean Startup (2011) helps start-ups and tech companies develop sustainable business models. It advocates continuous rapid prototyping and focusing on customer-feedback data.

The method is based on the concepts of lean manufacturing and agile development, and its efficacy is backed up by case studies from the last few decades.

Who should read The Lean Startup?

  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship and/or in starting their own company
  • Anyone interested in quick product development and testing
  • Founders, managers and employees in tech companies

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Scrum & Agile Books: Agile Selling by Jill Konrath

Agile Selling

Jill Konrath
Getting Up to Speed Quickly in Today’s Ever-Changing Sales World
3.7 (96 ratings)
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What's Agile Selling about?

In Agile Selling, you’ll discover how to boost your productivity and learn to thrive in any kind of sales environment. The book explores the strategies of great salespeople and how they adapt to new circumstances, and offers practical advice on how you too can become more adaptive in your business.

Who should read Agile Selling?

  • Anyone involved in selling products in a new industry
  • Long-time salespeople who need a boost of inspiration
  • Anyone struggling to sell in an ever-changing market

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Scrum & Agile Books: Exponential Organizations by Salim Ismail, Michael S. Malone and Yuri van Geest

Exponential Organizations

Salim Ismail, Michael S. Malone and Yuri van Geest
Why New Organizations are Ten Times Better, Faster and Cheaper than Yours (and What to Do About It)
4.5 (105 ratings)
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What's Exponential Organizations about?

Exponential Organizations offers an expert look into this new, critical form of company organization that the authors contend will soon become an industry standard. You’ll learn exactly what an exponential organization, or ExO, is and how you can build your own. Companies like Uber and AirBnB are some top examples of ExOs; if your company wants to survive, you’ve got to adapt.

Who should read Exponential Organizations?

  • Anyone who wants to be ready for the market of the future
  • Anyone looking to found a start-up company
  • Anyone who wants to make sure their organization is in step with modern thinking

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Scrum & Agile Books: Scrum by Jeff Sutherland

Scrum

Jeff Sutherland
The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
4.4 (358 ratings)
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What's Scrum about?

Learn all about Scrum, the project management system that has revolutionized the technology industry. This is a uniquely adaptive, flexible system that allows teams to plan realistically and adjust their goals through constant feedback. By using Scrum, your team can improve their productivity (and the final result) without creating needless stress or working longer hours.

Who should read Scrum?

  • Anyone whose business is struggling to make ends meet
  • Anyone who wants to be more productive in less time
  • Anyone who manages a team

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Scrum & Agile Books: Holacracy by Brian J. Robertson

Holacracy

Brian J. Robertson
The New Management System that Redefines Management
4.3 (46 ratings)
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What's Holacracy about?

Holacracy (2015) describes a revolutionary new management system championed by some of today’s most forward-thinking companies, like Zappos and Medium. These blinks explain how authority and responsibility are defined and distributed within a Holacracy – and why this system leads to a more effective and dynamic organization.

Who should read Holacracy?

  • Founders, CEOs, managers and HR professionals
  • Employees who feel undervalued within a hierarchical organization
  • Anyone who wishes their company were more flexible, dynamic and responsive

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Scrum & Agile Books: Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf

Lean UX

Jeff Gothelf
Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience
4.2 (139 ratings)
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What's Lean UX about?

Lean UX (2013) is a guide to applying lean principles to interactive design workspaces. These blinks explain the techniques of Lean UX and outline how you can best integrate them into your company’s design process. You’ll learn the importance of close collaboration and customer feedback, as well as how to constantly improve your designs.

Who should read Lean UX?

  • Anyone interested in how lean startup tactics apply to a design environment
  • People who want to design successful user experience more efficiently
  • Managers of design-based projects, or any professionals involved in one

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Scrum & Agile Books: The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson

The Elements of Scrum

Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson
4.1 (121 ratings)
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What's The Elements of Scrum about?

The Elements of Scrum (2011) explains how outmoded software development processes are holding companies back in an ever-changing market. Today’s successful teams need to be agile and flexible; and the best companies do this by adopting a methodology called scrum. This book gives you everything you need to know to start a scrum-based process in your own organization.

Who should read The Elements of Scrum?

  • Project managers
  • Software developers and designers
  • Anyone interested in agile organizational processes

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Scrum & Agile Books: Getting Real by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Getting Real

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application
4.4 (45 ratings)
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What's Getting Real about?

Getting Real (2011) offers a comprehensive breakdown of the challenges facing entrepreneurs in the market for web applications. These blinks are full of hard facts and solid advice about what to do and not to do when starting your new app business.  

Who should read Getting Real?

  • Developers, programmers and marketers
  • Entrepreneurs eager to develop a “big idea” app
  • Managers looking for optimal ways to organize teams

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Scrum & Agile Books: Powerful by Patty McCord

Powerful

Patty McCord
Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
4.2 (58 ratings)
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What's Powerful about?

Based on the work practices at Netflix, Powerful (2017) is a guide to building a work culture that can adapt to today’s fast-paced and ever-changing markets. It offers insights that are rooted in an unconventional way of managing people. You’ll discover eight practices of management that’ll help you create a successful work culture and business.

Who should read Powerful?

  • Leaders and managers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone interested in the stupendous rise of Netflix

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Scrum & Agile Books: Subscribed by Tien Tzuo with Gabe Weisert

Subscribed

Tien Tzuo with Gabe Weisert
Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future – and What to Do About It
4.2 (83 ratings)
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What's Subscribed about?

Subscribed (2018) looks at a business model that’s currently enjoying unprecedented success around the globe: subscriptions. Whether it’s Netflix, Spotify or Uber, companies have realized that more and more people are interested in services rather than ownership – they want the ride rather than the car. It’s an insight that’s literally worth billions. But more than that, it’s the future. If you want to make it in today’s crowded marketplace, it pays to take a closer look at the phenomenon.

Who should read Subscribed?

  • Entrepreneurs and business owners looking for new ideas
  • Anyone who’s ever wondered how exactly Amazon and Uber made it so big
  • Subscribers curious about how the services they use work

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Scrum & Agile Books: Reinventing the Product by Eric Schaeffer and David Sovie

Reinventing the Product

Eric Schaeffer and David Sovie
How to Transform your Business and Create Value in the Digital Age
4.3 (177 ratings)
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What's Reinventing the Product about?

Reinventing the Product (2019) takes an in-depth look at what it takes to compete in today’s increasingly digitized marketplace, outlining all the steps a company needs to take to pull itself out of the past and into a future where the marketplace is ruled by smart, digitally connected products.

Who should read Reinventing the Product?

  • CEOs, CIOs, and entrepreneurs
  • Business managers who want to stay on the cutting edge
  • People curious about the future of business

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Scrum & Agile Books: The Agile Leader by Simon Hayward

The Agile Leader

Simon Hayward
How to Create an Agile Business in the Digital Age
4.4 (246 ratings)
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What's The Agile Leader about?

The Agile Leader (2018) explores how leaders can steer traditional organizations in the fast-paced digital world. These blinks show that agile working can help corporate teams to compete with start-ups, and to keep up with ever-changing customer expectations.

Who should read The Agile Leader?

  • Managers hoping to boost their team’s productivity
  • Entrepreneurs looking for a fresh perspective
  • Management consultants seeking new insights

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Scrum & Agile Books: The Scrum Fieldbook by J.J. Sutherland

The Scrum Fieldbook

J.J. Sutherland
A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future
4.5 (139 ratings)
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What's The Scrum Fieldbook about?

The Scrum Fieldbook (2019) is a practical, hands-on guide to the scrum organizational framework within the Agile mindset. This concise manual recaps how scrum works to increase work velocity and to ensure any team delivers the right impact for the business. It also explains how to implement Scrum in any organization across all industries from software to home renovation and even to the military.

Who should read The Scrum Fieldbook?

  • Small companies looking for big results
  • Managers aiming to streamline their team
  • Anyone interested in cutting-edge organizational techniques

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Scrum & Agile Books: Flexible Working by Gemma Dale

Flexible Working

Gemma Dale
How to Implement Flexibility in the Workplace to Improve Employee and Business Performance
4.2 (83 ratings)
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What's Flexible Working about?

Flexible Working (2021) is a practical guide to organizing work outside the standard nine-to-five. This helpful handbook explores the diverse array of working arrangements possible in the contemporary world.

Who should read Flexible Working?

  • Businesses looking for more agile work arrangements
  • Workers wanting to see life outside the nine-to-five
  • Anyone curious about the future of work

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Scrum & Agile Books: Radical Product Thinking by R. Dutt

Radical Product Thinking

R. Dutt
The New Mindset for Innovating Smarter
4.1 (355 ratings)
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What's Radical Product Thinking about?

Radical Product Thinking (2021) lays out a step-by-step approach to developing game-changing products. Taking aim at the iteration-led approaches to product development that have become popular in recent years, it provides an inspiring, vision-driven alternative. 

Who should read Radical Product Thinking?

  • Product developers 
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Change-makers

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Scrum & Agile Books: Working Backwards by Colin Bryar

Working Backwards

Colin Bryar
And Other Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
4.4 (145 ratings)
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What's Working Backwards about?

Working Backwards (2021) tells the story of how Amazon changed the way people live. It explores founder Jeff Bezos’ leadership philosophy, and reveals how this philosophy has informed Amazon’s most iconic products and services

Who should read Working Backwards?

  • Executive coaches looking for fresh insights
  • Entrepreneurs hoping to turbo-charge their business
  • Managers wanting to boost their teams’ performance

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Scrum & Agile Books: Learning Agile by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene

Learning Agile

Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene
Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban
4.3 (361 ratings)
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What's Learning Agile about?

Learning Agile (2015) is a no-nonsense guide to an often misunderstood concept – agile. The reason for that misunderstanding is simple: all too often, agile is bandied about as a one-size-fits-all solution to every conceivable organizational difficulty. Longtime agile practitioners Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene don’t see it that way. For them, agile is a great tool, but you have to know how – and when and why – to use it. And that starts with getting a grasp on agile’s underlying principles. 

Who should read Learning Agile?

  • Software developers
  • Team leaders 
  • Project managers

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Scrum & Agile Books: The Devops Handbook by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois & John Willis

The Devops Handbook

Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois & John Willis
How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations
4.1 (167 ratings)
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What's The Devops Handbook about?

The DevOps Handbook (2016) offers a roadmap on how to catapult your technology operations into a realm of world-class agility, reliability, and security. Dive deep into the heart of the DevOps philosophy, equipping you with insights to bridge gaps between development and operations, while fostering unmatched efficiency.

Who should read The Devops Handbook?

  • Technology professionals seeking to enhance organizational efficiency
  • Business leaders navigating digital transformation initiatives
  • Aspiring IT managers and DevOps enthusiasts

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Scrum & Agile Books: Accelerating Performance by Colin Price & Sharon Toye

Accelerating Performance

Colin Price & Sharon Toye
How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility
3.6 (16 ratings)
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What's Accelerating Performance about?

Accelerating Performance (2017) dives deep into the META framework, a cutting-edge approach for businesses navigating rapid change. Discover essential skills like ripple intelligence and liquid leadership, and learn how to foster a culture that balances speed with strategy. Through gripping case studies and fresh insights, you'll grasp how to unlock your organization's full potential and fuel sustainable growth.

Who should read Accelerating Performance?

  • Business leaders seeking to drive organizational growth and agility
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs aiming for strategic excellence
  • Management consultants looking for innovative business insights

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Scrum & Agile Books: Strategy Sprints by Simon Severino

Strategy Sprints

Simon Severino
12 Ways to Accelerate Growth for an Agile Business
4.2 (30 ratings)
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What's Strategy Sprints about?

Strategy Sprints (2022) is a deep-dive into the world of strategic innovation and accelerated business growth. The focus is on out-of-the-box methods for making your business stand out, mastering your time, nurturing customer relationships, and ensuring steady growth. It’s an inspiring journey that empowers you to break free from the ordinary and make your mark in the business realm.

Who should read Strategy Sprints?

  • Forward-thinking entrepreneurs seeking rapid business growth
  • Aspiring strategists looking for modern, effective methodologies
  • CEOs desiring to innovate and streamline their business operations

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Scrum & Agile Books: Accelerate by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim

Accelerate

Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim
Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations
3.9 (127 ratings)
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What's Accelerate about?

Accelerate (2018) explores the intersection of software development and organizational performance. Drawing on rigorous research, it reveals the practices and capabilities that allow high-performing technology-driven companies to excel and achieve a competitive edge in the fast-paced digital era.

Who should read Accelerate?

  • Tech leaders seeking performance optimization
  • Agile and DevOps practitioners
  • Business owners looking to improve software delivery

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 FAQs 

What's the best Scrum & Agile book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard ReWork as the ultimate read on Scrum & Agile.

What are the Top 10 Scrum & Agile books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • Agile Selling by Jill Konrath
  • Exponential Organizations by Salim Ismail, Michael S. Malone and Yuri van Geest
  • Scrum by Jeff Sutherland
  • Holacracy by Brian J. Robertson
  • Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf
  • The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson
  • Getting Real by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Powerful by Patty McCord

Who are the top Scrum & Agile book authors?

When it comes to Scrum & Agile, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Eric Ries
  • Jill Konrath
  • Salim Ismail, Michael S. Malone and Yuri van Geest
  • Jeff Sutherland