Book Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us



Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us is one of those books that describes something extremely obvious and intuitive that at the same time goes against what you were taught was "common sense."

This would be a good book just for the survey of the (long) history of the study of the theory of motivation. It also concludes with a number of things you can do to create an environment that encourages mastery (as opposed to simply meeting goals) in your work and school. 

If you're an agile software developer you'll have a few aha! moments when you understand how agile practices really encourage flow and create environments where teams and individuals can be highly productive. If you're a manager, this book will encourage you to think about how teams work and how some common practices are counter-productive. 

If you're trying to understand why self organizing teams work, but with a perspective outside of software development, this is a quick read that will get you thinking and learning. 

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About the author

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk

Steve Berczuk is a Principal Engineer and Scrum Master at Fitbit. The author of Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration, he is a recognized expert in software configuration management and agile software development. Steve is passionate about helping teams work effectively to produce quality software. He has an M.S. in operations research from Stanford University and an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and is a certified, practicing ScrumMaster. Contact Steve at or visit and follow his blog at

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