- Riding the Waves of Culture – required reading for anyone who works with large internationally distributed organizations.
- Eastern Religions – I especially like the section devoted to Confucianism. If you do any work in Asia, you need to read this.
- The Geography of Thought – How Asians and Westerners think differently
Organizational Change and Business, including Agile:
- Business Model Generation – Tools to help you characterize your business value proposition using the canvas. Great book full of examples and suggestions.
- Fearless Change – the title says it all.
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – teaches us about the necessary steps to achieving trusting, high-performance teams
- Leading Teams – Excellent thinking on how to build high-performance teams.
- The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management – An up to date look at how to lead and organize based on today’s world of Customer Capitalism.
- The Mythical Man Month – a classic on large and complex product development.
- The Power of Habit – great book on personal and organizational habits, and tools for understanding and influencing them.
- Punished by Rewards – How traditional rewards and recognition systems can lead to organizational dysfunction and what you can do about it.
- Seeking Wisdom – Learn about thinking processes that you and your organization uses. If you wonder why you or your organization does what it does, this book offers up a number of diagnostic tools for the job.
- Servant Leadership – teaches us how to lead in an Agile world, and in life.
- Agile Estimating and Planning. – for anyone planning Agile releases using Scrum – required reading
- Agile Retrospectives – tips and tools for facilitating Scrum retrospectives.
- The Art of Agile Development – Good book including useful practical tools for teams.
- Critical Chain – if you want to get LEAN and develop a culture of impediment removal, this is a good place to start.
- Implementing Lean Software Development – Application of Lean thinking and tools to software development.
- Leading Change – a must-read for anyone involved in Organizational Transformation
- The Lean Start-up – an approach to testing business ideas in the real world that apply equally well to start-ups and existing companies.
- Running Lean – Part of the Lean Start-up series with excellent tools to iterate on plans until you hit one that works.
- Scrum and XP from the Trenches – a practical and useful guide for new and experienced Agilists
- Software by Numbers – a look at the financial side of incremental/iterative delivery. A great book for Product Owners.
- Theory of Constraints – by the same author as Critical Chain – all about Continuous Improvement and how to do it.
- The Toyota Production System – a practical guide to LEAN with tools you can use starting now.
- The Toyota Way – Operational Excellence and the thinking that makes it happen.