Scrum being easy to understand, difficult to master; there are many books written on many topics of Scrum. But for me, there are four readings which anybody wants to learn/follow Scrum should read.
This should be the very first reading before anything. The four corner stones along with the 12 principles should be read by every Agilist. But I think this is the most ignored reading.
The most important part of this is to understand the Manifesto. It is very easy to read and memorize the manifesto but memorizing this will not do any good. When I research a bit over the Internet, I didn’t find many references which explain the Manifesto.
The history section of the Manifesto provides some inside.
If the Agile Manifesto is THE document for any Agilist, the Scrum Guide is THE document for Scrum. Written and maintained by the Co-Authors of Scrum, this should be the very first thing anybody should read if they want to follow Scrum.
Again like the Agile Manifesto, it is important to understand the concepts written down in the Guide.
Written by one of the Co-Authors of Scrum (Jeff Sutherland), this 66 page document should provide a good practical angle for implementation of Scrum.
The difference between the Scrum Guide and this Scrum Handbook is that this Handbook looks in to the implementation aspect of the Scrum (How to Do Scrum) and the Scrum Guide provide an insight in to Scrum Concept (Why Scrum)
This book is the only reading which is not freely available out of the four reading. This first print edition was released late 2011 and can be purchased over Amazon. This book is written by Jeff Sutherland et al.
This book tells a fictional story of an organization which tries to implement Scrum. I haven’t read this book but the preview from Amazon is pretty interesting.
As I mentioned, there are many books about Scrum/Agile. But the above four are the readings anybody should read before they touch any other book.
One thing which I always believe; be brilliant on basics – the above four references would provide the opportunity to be brilliant on basics.