A list of books for my team.

Published on Sep 23, 2010

A little bit more than 2 weeks ago I started to work at a new company. One of the goals is to help in the adoption of Agile, specifically Scrum and some XP practices.

So today I started to put together a list of books I will like my team to read. The list started to grow so I decided to do some triage.

First, let me stat that I think that all the books in these lists are extremely valuable and the only reason I divided them in different lists is because of time concerns.

I’m leaving some very process oriented books out of the list. I’m trying to keep it fairly technical and technology agnostic.

There are two .net specific books since thats the platform we use. At the same time I consider CSS, HTML and JavaScript universal technologies. They are the foundation of the modern web, aren’t they?

I’m pretty sure that I’m missing some good ones from the list, but I think this is a good start (see below some suggestions from you, my dear readers).

List of books that should be read.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
Robert C. Martin

Test Driven Development: By Example
Kent Beck

The Art of Unit Testing: With Examples in .Net
Roy Osherove

Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts

Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#
Robert C. Martin, Micah Martin

JavaScript: The Good Parts
Douglas Crockford Douglas

List of books that (also) should be read.

Refactoring to Patterns
Joshua Kerievsky

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Andrew Hunt, David Thomas

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John M. Vlissides

Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software
Eric Evans

xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code
Gerard Meszaros

Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
Mike Cohn

User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development
Mike Cohn

Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests
Steve Freeman, Nat Pryce

Restful Web Services
Leonard Richardson, Sam Ruby

For designers and/or developers that work in UI

Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design and Designing the Moment: Web Interface Design Concepts in Action
Robert Hoekman

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Steve Krug

Designing with Web Standards
Jeffrey Zeldman, Ethan Marcotte

Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design
Dan Cederholm, Ethan Marcotte

The missing books

Suggested by Jack Carlton

Code Complete 2: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction
Steve McConnell

Ship it! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects
Jared Richardson

Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software
Michael T. Nygard

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering
Frederick P. Brooks

Suggested by Ron Myers:

Pro JavaScript Techniques
John Resig