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The infamous ‘selfie’ that Ellen DeGeneres took at the Oscars has, at the time of writing, been re-tweeted over 3 million times.

So, always up for a challenge, I thought I would take my own ‘shelfie’ and see if I can get it to go viral! What do you think?


So what is on my ‘Agile Shelf’? Quite an eclectic assortment of books that I have either read, part read or been given (I have no plans to read any of those).

So from left to right, tallest to smallest, let’s have a quick whistle stop tour of my ‘shelfie’.

Ring Binders x3
Course hand-outs from my CSM Course and the SAFe Program Consultant course, the former with Pete Measey and the latter with Dean Leffingwell; both ‘legends’ in the their own right.

Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2
And yes it is on my Agile shelf! Anyone that believes that Project Governance cannot happily co-exist with Agile Software Development is misguided. Read the following: “Agile and the Best Management Practice framework within the public sector” Peter Measey, Radtac Limited.

This book dates back to when I became a PRINCE 2 Practitioner back in 2004 which means I have lapsed in terms of my certification because I have not re-registered in the 3-5 years window. And that’s not because I don’t value the accreditation, it’s more to do with whether re-registering would aid my understanding any more.

Scaling Software Agility and Agile Software Requirements
So I wanted to read about Scaling Agile before I went on the SAFe Program Consultant course and I thought Scaling Software Agility by Dean would be the book to read. Nope! It’s another good introduction to Agile. If you want to read about Scaled Agile then you need to read Agile Software Requirements. Doh – obvious really! In here is a very early incarnation of the big picture! It has evolved many times since!

Lean Analytics
This book was won by my colleague Dragan Jojic at Agile Yorkshire for tweeting at 8.55pm!! Have I read it? No!

Software Testing
A book published by BCS as an example of a course reference book. So why have I got it? Well, BCS have commissioned Radtac to write a supporting text for the Agile Foundation Certification. Exciting stuff – I plan to contribute to the book and become a co-author.

Succeeding with Agile
In my personal opinion, this book by Mike Cohn is one of the best introductions to Agile and Scrum. Enough said!

The Blue book! The new kid on the block. Is it Agile or not? I don’t care. A must read for considering ‘flow’. However, I always have a small issue with books like these:

  1. They are always blue books!
  2. Why write 262 pages when 182 is probably enough – I never end up finishing these books.
  3. They tend to be extended Case Studies. In this case Microsoft XIT.

Balancing Agility and Discipline
Probably one of the first Agile books that I bought. It was early days in my first Agile adoption and, being in a corporate environment, I needed a disciplined approach because ‘back in the day’ Agile was considered to be ‘fly by the seat of your pants’! Actually that’s just FrAgile.

The Lean Start-up
Another blue book and another extended Case Study for Imvo. Also, I have borrowed this from another colleague (Alex Gray) and not given it back.

SPIN- Selling
This is a legacy from my days at a Senior Bank Manager with Lloyds TSB - don’t ask!

For me this is great for Agile Coaches, ScrumMasters and Project Managers alike, with superb tools for the tool box. At some stage, I really hope that I will be able to offer the Facilitation Course as part of the Radtac training catalogue. It’s on my backlog. 
So here’s the challenge: re-tweet over 3 million times OR just tweet a picture of your shelfie!

Images source: Twitter & Personal archive


Darren Wilmshurst

Darren Wilmshurst

With his strategic C-suite-oriented approach to IT leadership – and his infectious energy – Darren has successfully delivered multi-million pound business transformations for e-commerce sites, ERP implementations, outsourcing and offshoring, including multiple Agile transformations. Read more