There are lots of free Agile resources on the internet. However not all information is created equal. Frankly a lot of the stuff out there is just click-bait designed to get you to buy a product or service. But there are good sources lots of good information out there.
I’m going to assume that you’ve read the Agile Manifesto and The Scrum Guide, and that you are familiar with sites such as The Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org and Mountain Goat Software. Today I’m going to share with you four lesser-known Agile resources. These sites offer a lot of value and most of their content is free. Enjoy!
1. Embracing Agile
In May 2016, Harvard Business Review (HBR) published the article titled Embracing Agile. Why should just one article be so important? Because according to Forbes columnist, and former director of the Scrum Alliance, Steve Denning, this is the first time that HBR has acknowledged that Agile is something significant for management generally.
Two heavy-hitters of the Agile world wrote this article; Jeff Sutherland and Hirotaka Takeuchi . Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of Scrum. Hirotaka Takeuchi is a professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of the landmark paper The New New Product Development Game. And now that HBR has given Agile its’ tick of approval, Agile is beginning to be seen as something more than than just some weird IT practice. This might be the article to print and leave on your manager’s desk!
2. The Agile Revolution Podcast
My favourite Agile podcast is The Agile Revolution. A lot of podcasts in general seem to be ego-fests for their presenter(s). But this one is different and has some really great interviews. If you want to get a taste of the quality then I highly recommend starting with Episode 101: The Lean Mindset with Mary and Tom Poppendieck. Tom and Mary Poppendieck wrote the widely acclaimed book Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit in 2003 and have been instrumental in the Lean Software movement. It’s a great listen.
3. The Agile Coach
Atlassian are well-known as the makers of cool software including JIRA. However it’s lesser-known that they also have a section on their website called The Agile Coach, which is packed full of great articles. These articles are particularly good if you are new-ish to Agile. Sure, they eventually want you to buy their software. But the thing that sets The Agile Coach apart is the quality and usefulness of the articles. Check out Running Agile Programs for a taste of what’s on offer. Highly recommended.
Management.com is a website owned by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The PMI (of PMBOK fame) has long been associated with traditional Project Management methodologies. However their Agile sub-site contains a surprising amount of quality Agile articles, webinars and discussions. Some of the resources are paid resources but there’s also lots of good free stuff there.
Site registration (free) is required to access most of the content.