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Books and ressources - Agile and Leadership

A question I get asked regularly: what books can you recommend on (insert topic)? Therefore, in this series of articles, I present books and ressources that could be helpful for many. The posts will be frequently updated. We start with #1: books on Agile (in general) and Leadership.

Agile mindset

  • Denning, Stephen: The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century. 2010
  • Snowden, D., Boone, M.: “A Leader’s Framework for Decision Makeing”, in: Harvard Business Review Nov. 2007 - link to article on HBR
  • Hirotaka Takeuchi, Ikujiro Nonaka: The New New Product Development Game, in: Harvard Business Review Jan. 1986 - link to article on HBR
  • Cagan, Marty: Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love. 2008
  • Graham, Paul: Focus: Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule link to article
  • Gagne, Chris: Mary Poppendieck’s “The Tyranny of ‘The Plan” link to article
  • Laloux, Frederic: Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness.


  • Avery, Cris: The Responsibility Process: Unlocking Your Natural Ability to Live and Lead with Power.
  • Banfield, R., Eriksson, M., Walkingshaw, N.: Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Create and Launch Successful Products.
  • Bungay, Stephen: The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions, and Results.
  • Collins, James C.: Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don’t.
  • David, Susan: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life.
  • Horowitz, Ben: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • Lencioni, Patrick: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. A Leadership Fable.
  • Osterwalder, A., Pigneur, Y.: Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers.
  • Reinertsen, Donald G.: The Principles of Product Development Flow.
  • Wodtke, Christina R: Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results.

Books in German

  • Arnold, Rolf: Wie man führt ohne zu dominieren (DE)
  • Hofert, Svenja: Agiler führen (DE)
  • Pfläging, Niels: 12 neuen Gesetze der Führung (DE
  • Selinger, Ruth: Dschungelbuch der Führung (DE)
  • Wohland, Gerhard: Denkwerkzeuge der Höchstleister (DE)

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Martin Stahl
Martin Stahl
Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Digital Product Manager in Startups for over a decade. Now Coaching, Training and Consulting for Product Management and Innovation.