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Improve Your Agile Skills With 5 Business Books

5 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Study how the ideas from major business books can help your team improve its agility.

Course overview

Explore Agile Principles Using The Big Ideas From Popular Business Books

New business books are produced every year with great ideas and strategies that you could be using to help your agile teams succeed...if only you had enough time to read all of them. In this course we are going to introduce you to the key points from 5 popular business books and dig into how their content applies to your agile team.

Who is this course for


Busy executives who want to use the learning and insight from popular business books to support, encourage, and motivate their agile teams.


Agile practitioners who need fresh ways to blend business ideas with the Agile Principles to help their teams succeed.


Business people who need ways to introduce Agile Principles in environments that more receptive to well known business writing.

What you’ll get out of this course

Identify Agile Principles In Popular Business Books

Agile ideas aren't limited to software projects. Business books are full of suggestions and ideas that directly relate to following Agile Principles. These ideas will expand your toolkit of strategies to help your agile team better deliver for you customer.

Expand Your Business Language

Agile practitioners will especially benefit from identifying ways better communicate with project stakeholders using language and strategies and book references that resonate with business minds.

Discover Books Worth Reading

After going through the summary and discussion of the key ideas of each book, you will be able to identify which books will provide you with the most ROI to invest in reading the entire thing.

Engage With Like Minded Students In Your Cohort

The interactions with other students provides valuable perspectives on the dynamics of agile teams as everyone discusses ways to apply the ideas being discussed to their specific situations.

Business Book Summary Library

Students will get 12 months of access to a library of 300+ business books summaries to continue mining the best business minds for strategies to help your agile team.

This course includes

5 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

13 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

5 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Post-Course


    • Where to go from here

  • Bonus


    • Brain Rules

    • Lean Startup

Meet your instructor

Mark Shead

Mark Shead

Agile Coach & Software Engineer

Mark Shead has worked as a system administrator, network administrator, IT director, and software engineer in a variety of industries. For the past decade, he has been partnering with agile teams at startups, mature businesses, the US Treasury, and the Federal Reserve Bank to use the Agile Principles to deliver software at lower risk and lower cost.

Mark hosts a weekly Agile Lunch & Learn and is the creator of a series of very popular Agile cartoons on his Youtube channel.

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Course schedule

1 - 3 hours per week
  • Wednesdays

    12pm - 1pm Eastern

    We will meet on Monday at noon Eastern time with the first live session on February 21st and the final on March 20th.

  • February 21st, 2024

    12 Noon Eastern

    Little Bets by Peter Sims. Steve Jobs, Chris Rock, Frank Gehry, Pixar films and an Army Chief all know that small discoveries and insights can be the fuel that transforms an era. Learn how this approach support the Agile Principles.

  • February 28th, 2024

    12 Noon Eastern

    5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. This book explores the dysfunctions that hold teams back from working well together. With so much of Agile success coming from effective teamwork, this book will give you many strategies that will help make your teams more successful.

  • March 6th, 2024

    12 noon Eastern

    Tribal Leadership by by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright. This book shows how successful teams create environments where people want to show up and do their best.

  • March 13th, 2024

    12 Noon Eastern

    Good to Great by Jim Collins. This classic of business literature explores the principles that make for great companies. While the examples may be dated, the strategies are as relevant today as when it was published.

  • March 20th, 2024

    12 Noon Eastern

    Team of Teams by by Stanley McChrystal. This book explains how the army was able to transition away from top down command to empowering teams that can act with independence. The lessons are extremely relevant for supporting self-organizing teams.

  • Work outside of class time is optional

    This class is for busy people, so everything you need to do will happen during the weekly hour long class. While you are encouraged to review the material ahead of time and answer some of the questions. We will discuss everything in our live class.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and high participation as we explore the big ideas from important books to help your agile team.

Designed for busy people

Video, text, and project questions will be available to view ahead of each class, but the class is designed to let you succeed without any outside study.

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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