ScrumMaster Resources

The ScrumMaster role can be demanding and complex. Just for you we’ve scoured our databases for useful and relevant resources that clearly explain and demonstrate the values, objectives and techniques of an effective and successful ScrumMaster. Extend your learning long after the initial training class–put these on your reading list and put the learning to work!

We’ve organized these resources by skill level, along with a few additional categories. Try it out!

Entry level

Foundational materials

Online resources for understanding the ScrumMaster Role

Recommended blogs and web resources

Videos

Books

  • Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn
  • Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen
  • Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process by Kenneth Rubin
  • “Personal Kanban: Mapping Work; Navigating Life” by Jim Benson
  • Project Retrospectives by Norm Kerth
  • Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum by Mike Cohn
  • User Stories Applied: for Agile Software Development by Mike Cohn (Chapter 2 – “Writing Stories” is available here.)

Intermediate

Helpful articles and blog entries

Videos

Books

  • Agile Software Development with Scrum by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle
  • Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber
  • Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love by Roman Pitchler
  • Collaboration Explained by Jean Tabaka
  • Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott
  • Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
  • The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen
  • The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year by Mitch Lacey

Advanced

Case Studies

What’s Next in  Training

  • Certified Scrum Product Owner – so that you can help the Product Owner and the Team to be successful together
  • The Agile Facilitator – This two-day workshop is for Agilists who want to dramatically increase their facilitation skills, especially as applied to Agile ceremonies, collaborative events, and other team “moments of truth.” The workshop focuses on professional facilitation skills and techniques as applied specifically within the Agile context. This is an intermediate class for those with 3+ months’ experience working in an Agile environment.
  • Coaching Agile Teams – This three-day workshop is for experienced Agilists who want to dramatically increase their overall Agile coaching skills and effectiveness. The workshop addresses the complex environments in which most Agile teams and Agile Coaches operate and delivers the key Agile coaching content, skills, and mindsets. This is an advanced class for those with 6+ months’ experience working in an Agile environment.
  • Agile Coach Bootcamp – This is a five-day immersion program for experienced Agilists who are seeking a transformative developmental experience. It combines The Agile Facilitator class with the Coaching Agile Teams class, taking place over five days and evenings. The two classes are woven together into a single intensive and immersive experience that will catapult your Agile coaching skills and results to new levels. You will leave a different person! The Bootcamp is for Agilists with 6+ months’ experience working in an Agile environment.

Scaling Agile

Online Resources

Books

  • The Enterprise and Scrum by Ken Schwaber

Case Studies

Tools

Backlog and workflow management software

Agile Backlog Management Tools

ProductVendorKey Features

Agile Central

(formerly Rally)

CA Technologies

  • Customizable & Persistent Backlog Views

JIRA Agile

(Greenhopper)

Atlassian

  • Comprehensive Issue Tracking General Solution
  • Self Hostable

LeanKit

LeanKit

  • Comprehensive and customizable Kanban style mangement

LifeCycle

(formerly VersionOne)

VersionOne

  • Customizable verbiage
  • Great out of the box support for many different Agile process types
  • Self Hostable

Team Foundation System

(Visual Studio Agile Template)

Microsoft

  • Almost every aspect of the software is customizable
  • Self Hostable
  • Complete integration with MS DevOps platform.

Other Tools and Facilitations

Events and Groups

Events

Agile events – Northwest area

Beyond Agile Meetup Group
Agile Open Northwest

Other Agile community events in the U.S. and Canada

Agile Alliance annual conference
Scrum Gathering conferences