Review of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins

Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa AdkinsAs part of my current job, I’m expanding my study of project management from traditional PMI practices to agile methodologies and the Scrum framework. Being the academic I am, I turn to books for a lot of my education and exploration, and reading through blog posts and reviews pointed me to Coaching Agile Teams as a good place to start. I’ve been reading this book for about two weeks, and it has resulted in adding two other books to my wishlist, but that’s for later.

The sub-title of this book is, “A companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition.” I was exposed to agile at least a year or two ago, but I’ve only really begun to study it over the last six months, and only received some formal training in it a month ago. I’m nowhere close to being a ScrumMaster, let alone an Agile Coach, but I think “Project Manager in Transition” might work for me.

This book was truly excellent, but I think that sub-title is really important. It identifies a target audience, and if you’re not part of that audience, Coaching Agile Teams may have limited benefit for you.

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