The agile Manager reading list

Reading list on new ways of managing, taken from our book The agile Manager, and further updated here.

Loosely in descending recommended order for a manager to read them.

Most of us don’t read any more, so go here for video and other online resources.

These ones are pretty much mandatory reading:

The Age of Agile, Steve Denning . Amazon

Team of Teams, Stanley McChrystal . Amazon

Slack, Tom DeMarco . Amazon

Reinventing Organizations, Frederic Laloux . Amazon
- Don't miss the Foreword by Ken Wilber

When you spend a year writing a book because you think there aren't enough around like it, then keep finding some quite similar. The only one of these we read before we finished The agile Manager was Dan's:

The Culture Game, Daniel Mezick . Amazon

Management 3.0, Jurgen Appelo

The Leader's Dilemma, Hope, Bunce, and Roosli

Agile Management, Mike Hoogveld

Directing the Agile Organisation, Evan Leybourn

We don't think ours is better, only (a little) different. You tell us.

...and the rest are all books about human, systems, or agility worth reading:

High Output Management, Andrew Grove . Amazon

How Complex Systems Fail, Dr Richard Cook
- brief paper available as downloadable PDF.

Turn the Ship Around, L David Marquet . Amazon

Why Agile Works, Michael De La Maza, David Benz . Amazon

The Field Guide to Understanding 'Human Error’, Sidney Dekker . Amazon

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman . Amazon

The Lean Startup, Eric Ries . Amazon

Spirit: Transformation and Development in Organisations, Harrison Owen
- available for download at

Inviting Leadership, Daniel Mezick and Mark Sheffield . Amazon

Cynefin framework, Dave Snowden
- A website not a book

Toyota Kata, Mike Rother . Amazon

Start With Why, Simon Sinek . Amazon

Tribes, Seth Godin . Amazon

Making Work Visible, Dominica Degrandis . Amazon

The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande . Amazon

How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done, ed. Layna Fischer

Lean Enterprise, Humble, Molesky, O’Reilly

Out of the Crisis, J.Edwards Deming

The New Economics, J.Edwards Deming

The Future of Management, Gary Hamel

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni

The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge

Organize for Complexity, Niels Pflaeging

The Goal, Eli Goldratt

Antifragile, Nicholas Taleb
(warning: I find Taleb unreadable)

Open Space Technology: A User's Guide, Harrison Owen

Mastering the Unpredictable, Keith Swenson

Joy, Inc., Richard Sheridan

First Break All the Rules, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

Game On! Change is Constant, Karen Ferris

Dialogue, William Isaac

The High-Velocity Edge, Dr Steven Spear

Product Development Flow, Don Reinertsen

Freedom from Command and Control, John Seddon

The Systems Bible, John Gall

Plus! The Standard+Case approach, Rob England