My name is Brian Kierstead.  I’m a developer, a scrum master, agile coach, musician, father and husband, amongst other things.  You can find me on linkedintwittergoogle+ or email.

When I was learning physics in high school, we had to memorize formulas to calculate distance, velocity and acceleration. Depending on what information you had and what you wanted to find out, you had to figure out which formula to use then plug in the values to get the answers.  Enter calculus.  Eureka!  All the formulas could be derived (literally) from a simple set of rules and principles. No more struggling to remember what to use when.

I have found myself in the same boat when implementing and practicing agile.  Over the years, I have learned many techniques and methodologies to facilitate and lead stakeholders, teams and projects.  Scrum, Lean, Kanban – each a unique materialization of simple underlying principles.  Each a map of the underlying terrain.

This book has become my guide in learning the terrain and gave birth to The Calculus of Agile.

The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions, and Results

These were also helpful along the way:

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders

Reinventing Organizations

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