Alicia’s Good Reads


Welcome to my Good Reads List!


In any transformation, leadership or coaching work, I always get asked about book references. I recommend a library of books for all of my enterprise agility transformation work so the folks who are going through training and mentoring have resources beyond the materials provided in the training sessions, and so they can feel supported during this time of change.

Below are the category areas of books I recommend for organizational change, leadership and key roles in Agile transformation. You might see some titles repeated in the sections below as they apply in multiple areas.
 

 
Each book title is a link that will take you directly to Amazon so you can check it out!
 

The Agilist Reading List:
The Professional Product Owner
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
 
The Agile Transformation Short List:
This group of books is about the messiness of change and the type of insights and leadership that can help you along the way on this journey have the type of successful outcomes you’re seeking.

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition
Influence Without Authority (2nd Edition)
Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
Reinventing Organizations
The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
 
Leadership Bundle:
Leadership is an essential element in any organizational transformation. The altitude of the leaders in your organization will set the tone.

This bundle is about leading through change, developing resilience, empathy and humanity as a leader. This list includes eye and heart opening reads that help set you up to lead successfully during volatile times. This list is for any leader in a changing organization.

Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change
Ego is the Enemy
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Dare to Lead; Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ 
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening
Now, Discover Your Strengths Hardcover, by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton
Thanks For The Feedback, The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well 
Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
Influence Without Authority (2nd Edition)
Servant Leadership : A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

 
The Scrum Master Short List:
The role of Scrum Master is often one that is misunderstood. Getting clear about self, the role and developing leadership competency is a great place to start. The leadership bundle above has some overlap but many more great reads for anyone in the role of team coach all the way to enterprise coach.

Ego is the Enemy
Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever
Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help
Influence Without Authority (2nd Edition)
Advanced Facilitation Strategies: Tools and Techniques to Master Difficult Situations
Thanks For The Feedback, The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

 

The Agile Coaching Competency Framework guides your development as an Agile coach. You can find a host of complimentary resources here: The Agile Coaching Institute – Agile Coaching Framework Resources.

Product Owner Reading Library:
The role of Product Owner can be a challenging and rewarding experience. This role, its duties and expectations can often be out of alignment with your teams and your organization. It takes leadership fortitude to manage the demands of this role. Coaching is one of the best services for a Product Owner. And when that is not possible, this list of reading resources is an excellent place to start!

I’ve developed a Product Owner Competency Model and this list is divided by the competencies important to succeed in this role.

Collaboration: There is an art to bringing people together. To do that well you need to understand yourself and what’s happening in your organization.

Influence Without Authority (2nd Edition)
• Thanks For The Feedback, The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well 
• Dare to Lead; Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
• Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum