(Why I Think) You Shouldn’t Learn Scrum from a Book

If you want to help your people understand Scrum, resist the temptation to give them a book — instead, spend time discussing what you all stand to gain from adopting the framework.

Dutch-language chat messages about Scrum books, displayed on the screen of the author’s iPhone, atop a wooden table
“Do you know a good Scrum beginner’s book for my team?” — this message got me thinking

The Book of Scrum does not exist

Here’s the thing: There is no book of Scrum. There are only books about Scrum. If you want to help people understand the rules of Scrum, refer to its definition, The Scrum Guide.

But if I can’t give my people books, how *can* I help them?

As an organisational influencer or a manager, looking to help your peers adopt or understand Scrum basics, there’s more you should do than sending people a link. Support your colleagues by helping them understand what you hope to achieve by your adopting Scrum together.

Conclusion

If you want to help people understand (the basics of) Scrum, start with the why together and trust them to explore the how by themselves.

Books to deepen your understanding

Of course, once you or your colleagues are looking for contextualisation, or seeking to explore the why, reading books about Scrum is an excellent path to take with a wealth knowledge in which to immerse yourself.

Facilitator & Scrum Master