Post CSP-SM Recommended Resources

Many of the following are references that our CSP-SM material is based on. Whilst participants are not expected to be familiar with these prior to the training component of CSP-SM, these are our most highly recommended resources for their respective topics for those interested in going deeper after the training.


Top book recommendation (the main reference for our A-CSM and CSP-SM material on facilitation):

Kaner, Sam. et al. Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making . 3rd ed. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, 2015. Print.

Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making

Sub-topic: remote facilitation

Janene-Nelson, K., & Sutherland, L. (2018). Work together anywhere: A handbook on working remotely.



Top book recommendation:

Bowman, S. L. (2009). Training from the back of the room!: 65 Ways to step aside and let them learn. London, England: Jossey-Bass.


Professional Coaching

Top book recommendation (by leaders in Organisatio Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC)):

Rød, Anne., and Marita. Fridjhon. Creating Intelligent Teams . Randburg: KR Publishing, 2016. Print.

For more on ORSC see:


Team Development

Lencioni, P. M. (2013) The five dysfunctions of a team, enhanced edition: A leadership fable. London, England: Jossey-Bass.

Katzenbach, J. R. and Smith, D. K. (2015) The wisdom of teams: Creating the high-performance organization. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.


Psychological Concepts

Sub-topic: Responsibility

Watch this first:
The Responsibility Process™:

Top book recommendation:

Avery, A. P. C. (2016) The responsibility process: Unlocking your natural ability to live and lead with power. Partnerwerks.

Sub-topic: SCARF

Rock, David. Your Brain at Work Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long . Adobe digital ed. Pymble, N.S.W., Australia ;: HarperCollins Publishers, 2020. Print.

Sub-topic: Mindset

Dweck, C. (2017) Mindset – updated edition: Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential. London, England: Robinson.



Watch this first:

Why “Scrum” Isn’t Making Your Organization Agile: Harmful Misconceptions About Product Owner Role by Michael James

Watch this second:
Craig Larman at Agile Munich: “More with LeSS:A Decade of Descaling with LeSS” – Part 1

Top book recommendation:

Larman, Craig, and Bas Vodde. Large-Scale Scrum:  More with LeSS. 1st edition. Addison-Wesley Professional, 2016. Print.

Large-Scale Scrum

Start by reading chapter 2 free from:


Systems Thinking

First thing to read (as per pre-course study material)

Systems Thinking on the LeSS website

Top book recommendation (this is a management classic and articulates what is meant by a “learning organisation”):

Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline : the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization . Rev. and updated ed. Milsons Point, N.S.W: Random House Business Books, 2006. Print.



First thing to read (realtively short)
Six Myths of Product Development by Stefan Thomke and Donald Reinertsen

Also (as per pre-course study material)
Lean Primer by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde

Sub-topic: Value Stream Mapping

Top book recommendation:

Martin, Karen, and Mike Osterling. Value Stream Mapping : How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation . 1st edition. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. Print.

Sub-topic: Lean Thinking

Top book recommendation (this is what the course material is primarily based on):

Womack, James P., and Daniel T. Jones. Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation . 1st Free Press ed. ; revised and updated. New York: Free Press, 2003. Print.

Sub-topic: Kaizen

Maurer, Robert, and Leigh Ann Hirschman. The Spirit of Kaizen : Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time . 1st edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. Print.


Service to the Product Owner

Sub-topic: Impact Mapping

First thing to read and source of video presentations:

Top book recommendation:

Adzic, G., 2012. Impact Mapping. Woking: Provoking Thoughts Limited.

Impact Mapping

Specification by Example / Behaviour Driven Development

Sub-topic: Specification By Example

Adzic, Gojko. Specification by Example : How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software. 1st edition. Place of publication not identified: Manning, 2011. Print.

Sub-topic: BDD

Book on BDD including Gherkin and automation – written by a former colleague of mine:

Smart, John Ferguson. BDD in Action: Behavior-Driven Development for the Whole Software Lifecycle. 1st edition. Place of publication not identified: Manning Publications Company, 2014. Print.


What would you add to this list?