The Scrum Master’s reading list


This is a short list of great books on Agile, Scrum, and practices to become an effective Scrum Master.

Scrum and Agile foundations

Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process“, by Kenneth Rubin

Your Scrum Playbook, Fabian Schwarts, CST

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time“, by Jeff and JJ Sutherland

Scrum Master stories

Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership”, Geoff Watts, CST

“A Scrum Book: the spirit of the game”, Jeff Sutherland, James O. Coplien

Scrum for Hardware“, by Paolo Sammicheli

Agile coaching

“Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition”, by Lyssa Adkins

Becoming a great Scrum Master

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great“, by Esther Derby, Diana Larsen

Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams“, by Esther Derby, Ainsley Nies

Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play“, by Luke Hohmann

Kanban and Lean

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement“, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production“, by James Womack, Daniel Jones, Daniel Roos

Blogs and articles

Articles on Agile, Scrum, and coaching to deepen your knowledge in various areas and grow as a Scrum Master

Good Scrum Master-ship

The Scrum Master’s dark side:

Velocity, capacity, load:


“Coaching the uncoachable”, by Geoff Watts

Agile stories

Embracing Agile (HBR):

Is Agile really worth it?(Forbes):

Case studies and applications of Agile

How Agile Is Helping Unilever Go Forward Faster:


Scrum Guide:

What is Scrum? (5D Vision):

Scrum values:

What’s new in Scrum Guide 2020:

Scrum for Hardware:

Agile failures and how to avoid

If Agile fails, blame Product (Medium):

Support research

Systems thinking and productivity:

Strategies for managing technical debt:


The impact of Agile quantified (2013)

If you are interested in learning more about the Product Owner/Product Manager role, we have a list of books and articles for Product Managers too:

The Scrum Master’s reading list