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True Agile – Principle- Motivate, Trust and Support People

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by , 03-23-2015 at 11:07 AM (275 Views)
True Agile – Principle- Motivate, Trust and Support People

Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

As per Herzberg’s two factor theory, the Hygiene factors and motivation factors are important for the individuals to remain motivated and deliver the output

* Hygiene factors must be present, when they are not, they just work as a de-motivator. Examples: pleasant working environment, availability of good working equipment (hardware, software and network), the possibility for taking vacation, possibility for training, stable organization, job security and salary.
* Motivators- Examples of these are challenging work, getting recognition and responsibility.
Not all development work is challenging for all developers. Lots of work is not that complex but demands a lot of concentration to prevent missing a simple setting or validation. Small part of the work can be classified as very complex. It is the task of the project manager to set up the team from as well senior and junior developer so they match the amount en complexity of the work to be done.

Secondly PM must assign short and small tasks. This way there is a clear end to the tasks and they are able to get frequent rewards for completing their tasks. Working now and then on a non-challenging task is no problem as long as there is a foresight of a challenging task and you show them what the added value of this task for the whole project is.

PM should give the team members the responsibility for completing their tasks. Trust them to take the right decisions and drive the delivery of end-results. This has a learning curve for teams (and project managers) new to this kind of work. The project manager must ensure and facilitate the cooperation between the team members and ensure the approach to the solution is aligned with the chosen architecture.

Give the team members recognition for their work, when completing tasks. Reward team member for their extra effort, completing complex task or issue and resolving complex problems. Let the environment of the project (your organization and/or the customer) know what your team has accomplished.

Ensure the working environment of your team will not become the factor for reducing the motivation. Make sure the environment is pleasant to work in. Supports the needs of the team and facilitates team activities.

The agile development process can be intensive and exhausting for the team members. The project manager must ensure his planning with enough room for downtime and vacation of his team members. Working log days in a row without a break reduces the motivation of all team members. Giving your team the knowledge that the project schedule includes room for vacation and downtime will make motivation higher.

Motivation is a significant factor for a successful agile project. The project manager must make sure the hygiene factors and motivation factors are in place to give the team members the environment to get the work done.

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Ronak Shah
Practice Head (QA / Software Testing)
CIGNEX Datamatics

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