Top 20 Best Agile Development Books, Ever

I recently created a Top 100 Best Software Engineering Books, Ever. I created that list using four different criteria: 1) number of Amazon reviews, 2) average Amazon rating, 3) number of Google hits and 4) Jolt awards. The nice thing about such a big list is that it enables you to extract all kinds of mini-lists out of it.

Like, for example, the Top 20 Best Agile Development Books, Ever

1: Robert C. Martin
Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns and Practices

2: Martin Fowler
Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code

3: Mike Cohn
Agile Estimating and Planning

4: Mike Cohn
User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development

5: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

6: Alistair Cockburn
Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (2nd Edition)

7: Craig Larman
Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide

8: Kent Beck
Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (2nd Edition)

9: Jim Highsmith
Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products

10: Paul Duvall, etc.
Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk

11: Mary Poppendieck, Tom Poppendieck
Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit

12: Ken Schwaber
Agile Project Management with Scrum

13: Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle
Agile Software Development with Scrum

14: Alistair Cockburn
Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams

15: Venkat Subramaniam, Andy Hunt
Practices of an Agile Developer: Working in the Real World

16: Kent Beck
Test Driven Development: By Example

17: Johanna Rothman
Manage It!: Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management

18: James Shore, Shane Warden
The Art of Agile Development

19: Ron Jeffries, etc.
Extreme Programming Installed

20: Esther Derby, etc.
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

I think it’s good to see that so many agile publications have made it onto the big list of software engineering books. Far more than any publications with “traditional” views (if there ever was such a thing).

So, if you were looking for some more interesting books on agile software development, you can stop looking for a while. These twenty are the crème de la crème!

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  • Mark

    Great list. I would also recommend this free online book by the CTO of Accurev.

  • Franco Martinig

    Very good list. Since you wrote it, I have seen some new books that I found very good (like Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin, Agile Coaching by Rachel Davies, Scaling Lean by Craig Larman), so you may have to do another “expanded” list ;o)

  • Ahmed

    Thanks Jurgen, you did a great job.
    Where are Scott Ambler’s books,
    I think he deserves a place in your list.
    His web site is one of the best.

  • Catherine puspita

    Thank you for sharing your opinions on agile development books. I totally agree that they are really useful and enjoyable for reading. For more books related this:

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