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Is there a canonical book on Agile?

I'm looking for a good book on learning Agile and Scrum for web application development. Can anyone suggest a good resource that guides one from the group up?

We want to start implementing this into our business and web application development cycles.

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Define "good". What are you looking for in a book? Without some ways to judge a good book from bad, this question is likely to be closed as not constructive. –  Anna Lear Jun 13 '11 at 13:55
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Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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It's a great book for getting a feel for how an agile team works, and it it's a very quick read (couple of hours). I give it to new staff in my organisation - technical and non-technical - and I've had consistently positive feedback.

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+1 this is a great "first book of Scrum/XP" providing lots of context and a good practical and pragmatic perspective. –  Al Biglan Jun 13 '11 at 13:00
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I say the Crystal Clear book by Cockburn. It tells you about agile, and especially the why you do things this way, rather than giving you a proscribed set of rules to follow.

Here's a ToC from the book.

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Read first 5 chapters of: Schwaber, Ken; Beedle, Mike (18 February 2002). Agile Software Development with Scrum. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-130-67634-4.

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