• Chris Stanzione

Top 10 (or more) Books about Agile HR and Talent Acquisition


Over the last ten years, there have been many great books written about Agile creating awareness and a cult-like following for those who embrace its way of life. Over the last five years this topic has expanded into many subsectors, including, HR and Talent Acquisitiion. Here is a collection of excellent resources I have collected (and read) over the years that have helped shaped my thinking in this space.


Some of these books are agile specific, some are HR focused, and some are just classics that every leader approaching an agile way of life should read. I have tried to break them down into categories, but they are all fluid and shouldn't be classified as agile or non-agile resources.

Agile Specific Resources


Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition

Author: Lyssa Adkins


Agile HR: Deliver Value in a Changing World of Work

Authors: Natal Dank and Riina Hellström


Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Author: Jeff Sutherland


Principles: Life and Work

Author: Ray Dallo


Agile Workforce Planning: How to Align People with Organizational Strategy for Improved Performance

Author: Adam Gibson


Agile People: A Radical Approach for HR & Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees)

Author: Pia-Maria Thoren


Coaching in Organziations: Best Practices from The Ken Blanchard Companies

Authors: Madeleine Homan Blanchard, MCC & Linda J. Miller, MCC


Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Insprired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

Author: Frederic Laloux


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Author: Patrick Lencioni


The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organziation

Author: Peter M. Senge



HR / TA Specific Resources


Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career

Author: Laurie Ruettimann


Redefining HR

Author: Lars Schmidt


Sprint Recruiting

Author: Trent Cotton


The Talent Fix

Author: Tim Sackett


Exceptional Talent: How t o Attract, Aquire, and Retain the Very Best Employees

Author: Mervyn Dinnen & Matt Alder


The Talent Magnet: Employer Branding & Recruitment Marketing Strategies to Attract Millenials

Author: R. Evans


Classic Resources


Start with Why

Author: Simon Sinek


Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Authors: Travis Bradberry & Jean Graves


windom WARRIORS: Journeys through Leadership and Life | Women with the Courage to be True to Themselves

Author: Carol Seymour


The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

Author: Stephen M. R. Covey


Rising Strong

Author: Brené Brown