Best Agile Articles 2020 Is Here!

We are delighted to bring you this volume of the best agile articles of 2020. Our goal in publishing this book is to cull through the many articles that are published every year to bring you a curated set of high-quality articles that capture the latest knowledge and experience of the agile community in one compact volume. Our purpose is twofold. First, we understand that it can be hard to figure out where to go when looking for ideas and answers. There are thousands of blogs, videos, books, and other resources available at the click of a mouse. But that can be a lot to sort through. So, we thought we could be of some assistance. Second, we wanted to bring some visibility to many people who are doing good work in this field and are providing helpful resources. Our hope is that this publication will help them connect to you, the ones they are writing for. Our intention is that this publication is to be by the agile community as a service to the agile community and for the agile community. With that in mind, we pulled together a great group of volunteers to help get this work into your hands. The articles in this volume were selected by:

• A diverse Review Committee of twenty-four people with expertise in a variety of areas related to agile.

• The agile community. A call for nominations went out in early 2020 and over 120 articles were nominated by the community. We selected the top 50 articles to present in the publication.

The articles themselves cover a wide variety of topics, including organizational structure, culture, and agile leadership. There is something for almost everyone here. This is the fourth book in the series. Previous books, Best Agile Articles of 2017, 2018, and 2019, are available on Amazon and on the website at

We are thankful for the great participation of the agile community at large. If you would like to participate in delivering this publication in future years, contact us at the email addresses below.


Your co-editors,

Michael de la Maza, CEC
San Francisco, CA USA

Cherie Silas, CEC, MCC
Dallas, TX USA

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About Our Co-Editors

Cherie Silas, MCC, CEC

Cherie Silas, ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC)

Cherie Silas is an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC) and a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach® (CEC), who has been coaching, leading, training, and mentoring people for most of her career. She has a strong desire to help people arrive at the place they define as success in both personal and professional life. Her goal is to invest the experience and talents she has gathered through years of learning,
often times the hard way, into people whom she hopes will become greater than she can ever dream to be. She has a deep background in organizational management with a proven track record of people development.

Cherie’s life mission that drives every interaction with every individual she encounters is simply this: To leave you better than I found you with each encounter.

Cherie Silas, MCC, CEC

Cherie Silas, ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC)

Michael De La Maza, PhD, CEC

Michael de la Maza, PhD, CEC

Michael De La Maza, PhD, CEC

Michael de la Maza, PhD, CEC

Michael de la Maza is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). As an Agile consultant, his major engagements have been with Paypal, State Street,  edX, Carbonite, Unum, and Symantec.  He is the co-editor of Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners and co-author of Why Agile Works: The Values Behind The Results. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT. He can be reached at and his website is

2021 Nomination is open!

Please use the form below to submit a nomination for your favorite agile article published in 2021.
You can nominate your own article(s) or someone else's.
Please limit number of submissions to 3 articles per author.

Our 2020 Volunteers - Who Made This Happen

Abhinav Roy

I am an Agile Coach based out of India. In addition, I am also a certified Yoga instructor and I am trying to blend flexibility of body with agility of mind to bring about more consistent results in my personal and professional life.

Alex Kudinov

Alex is a Technologist, Professional Coach, and Trainer. He delivers business competitive advantage to his customers by growing and nurturing great agile development organizations.
At Tandem Coaching Academy where we keep Agile non-denominational, Alex works with Agilists of all walks, bringing agile and professional coaching closer together.
Alex holds the International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation. He is also a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with

Anu Smalley

Anu is the President and Founder of Capala Consulting Group, LLC where she specializes in Executive coaching and Agile Transformations. She is also a Certified Scrum Trainer® and Certified Enterprise Coach® - providing education and coaching, consulting services to clients across the United States.

Chester Jackson

Chester Jackson enjoys the opportunities of teaching, mentoring, and coaching individuals and teams at all levels of an organization. He is passionate about moving others through awareness into new action to help them improve the impact they have in their jobs, family, and the world.

Gary Hansen

Gary is a self-proclaimed “learning instigator.” He has worked with agile approaches since 2009 and his major engagements have been with United Health Group, Target, 3M, Best Buy, Thrivent Financial, & TCF Bank. He works with all levels of an organization to ensure that transformation efforts are aligned. Gary is a Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach (CTC), International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC), and has 13 additional certifications. Gary has an M.Ed. in HR Development.

Gitta Toussi

Gitta is an Enterprise Lean Agile Coach, using Agile practices for Digital Transformation in diverse industries. Her specialty is in practical and lean technology implementation with focus on business agility and market competitiveness. She is equally at home with various delivery methodologies, and her passion as a servant leader is to bring out the best in people and their talent. Gitta earned her Agile certifications from Chicago State University, PMI, Scaled Agile Inc., and Scrum Alliance. 

James Black

James has spent the past 15 years in software development in various roles from Software Developer, Project Manager, and now serving his organization in the role of an Agile Coach & Scrum Master. His goal is to help organizations understand different frameworks and processes that can lead to successful outcomes. James believes that by encouraging teams to continue learning, challenging our current processes and empowering people to make a difference is how we succeed and deliver true value.

Jayaram Hegde

Agile Coach | Consultant | EI Practitioner | Associate Certified Coach from International Coaching Federation | Transformation Consultant & change Enabler with 13+ years of Software industry experience. Carry rich experience working across organization as Coach supporting team, leadership and business.

Jody Bowen

I have been employed at a Fortune 500 company for 27 years where I am a Scrum Master and Agile Coach. I enjoy teaching what I know and have learned to empower others to be there best. I am currently our pursuing my CTC. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and look forward to traveling again soon.

Joseph Jones

Joseph Jones is a Professional Coach, servant leader and change agent. He’s an advocate of the growth mindset, practicing agile approaches. He’s active in the agile/coaching community and volunteers on the Agile Alliance’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. He’s a member of several meetup groups such as Agile in Color, Tandem Coaching Academy, and Agile Coaching Circles to name a few. He holds a MFA from The George Washington University in Visual Communication.

Lance Zhang

Lance is Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Coach (CTC) and Agile Leadership Journey Guide. He has multiple years’ experience in leading agile transformation and coaching individuals, teams and organizations. He supports global companies and startups in various industries. Lance is a community leader and frequent conference speaker in China. He is keeping promoting agile mindset, and supporting individuals and organizations on their journey to agility.

Madhavi Ledalla

Madhavi Ledalla is a transformational enthusiast with technology background, she works with leadership and teams to guide them through transformation. Her practices include training and coaching in varied agile frameworks including Scrum, Kanban and other Scaling frameworks. She played multiple roles of Scrum Master, Coach, Project Manager and a Technologist. . Madhavi is author of the book -” Retrospectives for Everyone”. She shares powerful metaphors for doing retrospectives in this book.

Martin Lambert

Martin is an independent agile practitioner, scrum master, consultant, department level agile coach, trainer and delivery-lead. Exiled from the north / living in the south of the UK, usual clients are big corporations for a year or so at a time, engaged as some form of embedded team coach. Specialities are spinning up a new scrum team, guiding them and their managers in lean agile thinking with context senitive pragmatism. When not doing that, he's riding a bike up a hill. For pleasure.

Matt Kirilov

Matt Kirilov has a well-rounded set of skills that deepen in both the coaching, teaming (team development), and group psychodynamics competencies. He is passionate about leveraging relationships to partner with clients striving for positive change in organizational systems. Professionalizing Agile Coaching and adopting core coaching principles by the Agile community are very close to Matt's heart. The interdisciplinary intersections are the places where you can find him working on his growth ed

Paulo Dias

Paulo is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the ICF on the journey to become a CTC/CEC by the Scrum Alliance and a ICE-EC by ICAgile. He has 25 years experience in software development. In the last 12 years, Paulo has been working on a variety of different roles as Enterprise and Business Agility Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Mentor in many different industries including Airlines, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Insurance, Automobile and Energy. 

Rohit RatanMani

Rohit is an Agile Coach, helping individuals, teams and leaders to develop a growth mindset to be top achievers in their respective work area and in personal life (to an extent). He has worked on multiples large and complex Agile Transformations with different consulting, financial and product based organisations. He is a Certified Team Coach (CTC) from Scrum Alliance, Associate Certified Coach from ICF and an ICAgile Trainer for Agile Coaching Track.


Steve Matthew

Steve has over a decade of professional experience, has worked in various roles, and is currently an Agile Coach. He has worked in a variety of industries like Information Technology, Retail, Banking, and Insurance. He is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and SAFe 5 Program Consultant (SPC). Steve enjoys contributing to the Agile community by writing articles and public speaking to help bring awareness on difficult and often misunderstood Agile topics.

Ted Wallace

Ted Wallace is currently an Agile Coach at Principal Financial Group. He has completed Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Physiology and is a certified ScrumMaster Professional (CSM, CSPO, CSP, CTC) and a registered corporate coach (RCC) with thousands hours of coaching sessions completed. His talented wife, Danielle, is from the Netherlands. They have three amazing children, Jace, Kyran, and Myka He is an author of "Total Brain Coaching" and "The Coherence Code".

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