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Product Development Reading List

24 June 2007

Guy Beaver
Critical Point Group

Dan Rawsthorne, PhD, PMP
3Back, Scrum Management Consulting & Training

Doug Shimp
3Back, Scrum Management Consulting & Training

Derek W. Wade
Kumido Adaptive Strategies

Joe Little

There is an art to product development.

Lately we have seen a trend toward talking about leadership in terms of positive energy or the “law of attraction.” Said simply, the belief is that if you emanate a positive view and focus on good things then people will tend to follow and you will attract good things. While it is clear that people with a persistent positive focus make better leaders, it is not clear that they are better at building products. Being a good citizen and wanting good things is not always enough to make those good things happen; sometimes you must install some force or attractor that will compel the team to change. Many people have great visions. Less common are the hard skills to lead a product development effort toward that vision in meaningful bites.

Our reading list is for people actively involved in developing products. The books in this list will help people in the following roles: product owner, ScrumMaster, product champion, analyst, business analyst, the team, developer, architect, project manager, process mentor, graphic designer, and anyone who wants to better focus her energy on developing products.

The following resources will help those “in the trenches” with product development and the social aspects of building great product development teams.  To help you understand why we chose each book, we have included a “One Big Like” (OBL) under each book.

We could have added other books, but the books above represent our short list for product development. There are many more reasons why we liked these books and narrowing it down to “One Big Like” was often hard. There were also some things we did not like in each book; however, page for page we found these books above average.  We will be discussing these reasons later in our blogs.

Opinions represent those of the author and not of Scrum Alliance. The sharing of member-contributed content on this site does not imply endorsement of specific Scrum methods or practices beyond those taught by Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers and Coaches.

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Shawn Goodin, CSM, 8/30/2010 11:39:54 PM
I would add:
- Drive: The truth about what motivates us. Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.

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