Tips From The agile Trenches

The Tips From the agile Trenches Book Cover

In 2002 the agile manifesto was published. Since then thousand of people have been trained in scrum & other agile ways of working.

The first sentence of the agile manifesto says: We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. This book is about helping others, and contains tips Yves collected from people in the trenches, eg people who are doing it.

agile working improves with more diversity, this book collects wisdom from 89 agile experts, living in 28 countries and with 28 nationalities.


The e-book

The e-book version from tips from the agile trenches can be found on LeanPub.
It was first released on 2018/06/26 People who buy a copy here, can always download the latest version.

The audio book addition

In 2019 Yves collaborated with Vasco Duarte to create an audio addition to the book. This addition contains interviews with the people who wrote the tips. This audio addition can be bought on the Oikosofy website.
This version was first released on 2019/12/09

The paper version

The paper version of the book can be bought on most amazon sites.
It was first released on 2021/10/25 (The date on amazon is 2018, as I wanted to mention the first e-book release, turns out this confuses people)

You can also buy the paper TFTaT book on

The black and white  paper version

The book has 15 pictures inside the book. The original version has these pictures in colour. Unfortunatly that means amazon can’t print the book on-demand in JP and AUS, which makes the book very expensive to buy in these locations. That is why I decided to offer the book also in back and white. The cover stays in colour. (We have changed the title of the black and white to black, to visually see the difference)

As this book is a lot cheaper to print, the black and white version of the book, we decided to offer the book all amazon sites for half of the price of the colour version.
This version was released on 2021/12/13 (Hoping to reduce the confusion even more about publication dates.)


All know errors are published on this page.

  • Update from 2021-11-21
    • Fix typo in tip 5.4
    • Better layout for tips 6.1
  • Update from 2021-11-13
    • Better layout for tips 4.6, 7.12, 9.5, 10.4
  • Update from 2021-11-06
    • Fix bad links in tip 10.11
    • Add tip numbers to the contributor list

Foreword by Jerry Weinberg.

Today the book contains these tips :
  • You will never arrive at THE destination (Naresh Jain)
  • Become a continuous learner and model that (Diana Larsen)
  • Ask for permission (Michael Sahota)
  • The scrum police are coming for you (or are they?) (Mike Cohn)
  • Manage the shape of your backlog (Shane Hastie)
  • Helping team members to solve impediments over solving impediments themselves (Ben Linders)
  • Different Ideas for Defect Management (Katrina Clokie)
  • Observe (Henrik Kniberg)
  • Why and How to Claim Wins For Personal and Team Power(Christopher Avery)
  • Know The Work (Johanna Rothman)
  • Question your teams intimacy (Karthik Kamal B)
  • Love your customer (Ardita Karaj)
  • Are You Really Doing It? (Jutta Eckstein)
  • Coaching By Listening (Yassal Sundman)
  • Learning is fun but can be painful (Aino Corry)
  • Facilitate learning (Clare Sudbery)
  • Enable growth (Rashina Hoda)
  • Create a high-bandwith work environment (Lisette Sutherland)
  • Arrive with your whole heart (Samantha Laing)
  • How to reduce groupthink in remote meetings (Judy Rees)
  • Becoming Better through the Community (Allison Pollard)
  • The evolutionary path from authority to agility (Linda Rising)
  • You are an informal leader – which leadership skills do you need? (Mina Boström Nakicenovic)
  • Becoming Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable (Michele Sliger)
  • Stop protecting your team (Jenni & Ole Jepsen)
  • Care about feedback (Emilie Franchomme)
  • Bypassing Binary Thinking for Better Understanding (George Dinwiddie)
  • Build Your Netwerk (Siddharta Govindaraj)
  • Turn Up the Good (Woody Zuill)
  • Be like a good parent (Nicole Belilos)
  • Two simple heuristics that will solve (most of) the problems you face as a Scrum Master (Vasco Duarte)
  • Processes should enhance people’s ability to work, not prevent it. (Angela Riggs)
  • Happy Storming (Chris Matts)
  • Silent dotvoting (Bart Vermijlen)
  • Study the agile manifesto (Yves Hanoulle)
  • Retrospectives are the most valuable agile practice (Lisa Crispin)
  • Collaboration (Zuzi Sochova)
  • Build Systems, not Software (Corey Ladas)
  • Never forget that Scrum is just as simple as chess! (Rini Van Solingen)
  • Every team needs a Working Agreement (Dana Pylayeva)
  • There’s no one-size-fits-all approach (Stacey Ackerman)
  • Curiosity Over Judgment (Tim Ottinger)
  • Improve quality of meetings (Ivo Peksens)
  • Going Viral (Tom Perry)
  • Zoom Out (Tobias Fors)
  • Eliminate comparison and encourage progress (Hina Popal)
  • Stop, Collaborate and listen (Terry Harmer)
  • Effective Teams are NOT Efficient (Olaf Lewitz)
  • Crafting Quality Interactions (Joanne Perold)
  • Letting Go (Stacia Viscardi)
  • Support the interactions between individuals (Emily Webber)
  • Introverts on Agile teams, and how small changes can make a big difference (Tobias Anderberg)
  • Empower team change (Heidi Helfand)
  • Coaching teams: A journey of contradictions and context as a crucial driver (Ravi Kumar)
  • Study how the work works (Cesario Ramos)
  • Things happen in their own time(Corinna Baldauf)
  • 9 Rules of thumb to improve your backlog refinement workshops (Jeff Patton)
  • Working software over … almost anything (Ron Jeffries)
  • How Act Is More Important Than What You Say You Believe (Tom Cagley)
  • Ownership in Agile: Purpose and collaboration (Oana Juncu)
  • Since all those companies work Agile, we don’t longer receive any commitment. (Nele Van Beveren)
  • Visualize more! (Jimmy Janlén)
  • Holding Space for growth (Irene Kuhn)
  • Craft Experiences Not Arguments (Michael (Mike) Hill )
  • The value of reverie (Ilan Kirschenbaum)
  • The gut feeling ordering practice( Jürgen De Smet)
  • Building Client Trust (Lanette Creamer)
  • Don’t forget to mine for conflict (Daria Bagina)
  • Where did governance go (Phil Gadzinski)
  • Creating Collaborative Connective tissues (Tony Ponton)
  • Technical Debt And Product Success (Roman Pichler)
  • Self-Organized teams (Madhavi Ledalla)
  • Forget about all the practices and focus on what you deliver (Brenda Bao)
  • It’s not just the question you ask, but how you ask it! (Tze Chin Tang)
  • Slow Down, Then Speed Up. (Selena Delesie)
  • Asynchronous management: Simplicity in a digital workplace. (Molood Ceccarelli)
  • Agile Coaching Agreement as Creative Partnership (Nadezhda Belousova)
  • Love is key (Anke Maerz)
  • Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation (Daniel Terhorst-North)
  • Fool didn’t know it was impossible, so she did it! (Deepti Jain)
  • Let’s talk about the p-word (Karen Catlin)
  • Mind the short and the long (Tsutomu Yasui)
  • Montague Street Bridge (Kanatcha Sakdiset)
  • We are continuously uncovering (Sander Hoogendoorn)

  • RI Mode Sprint Planning (Ivan Darmawan)

  • agile =/= Speed (Kevlin Henney)


Written by Yves Hanoulle Creative Collaboration Agent