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Using agile practices to influence motivation within IT project teams

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dc.contributor.author McHugh, Orla
dc.contributor.author Conboy, Kieran
dc.contributor.author Lang, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-08T15:42:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-08T15:42:43Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2073
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This exploratory study of IT project teams in Sweden and Ireland investigates how three agile practices, namely daily stand-ups, iteration planning, and iteration retrospectives, contribute to motivation or de-motivation in an agile team. Several studies recognise that motivating staff is critically important for a project manager and have identified factors that motivate IT project staff in particular. Yet relatively little is known about motivation in an agile context and in particular how an IT project manager may use agile practices to improve team motivation. Seventeen individuals across two teams were interviewed, including both project managers and their staff. The results from both cases indicate that agile practices can contribute to team motivation and de-motivation. This study makes an important contribution in the area of motivation and agile project management by identifying factors that contribute to and inhibit motivation in agile IT project teams. It also makes a contribution to the existing literature by identifying additional factors that motivate and de-motivate IT developers, namely increased visibility and transparency on the progression of tasks, an increase in the number of meetings, lengthy meetings, use of agile practices on long-term projects and use of agile practices for complex or fragmented tasks. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems;23(2), pp. 85-110
dc.subject agile project management en_US
dc.subject scrum en_US
dc.subject motivation information systems en_US
dc.subject information technology en_US
dc.title Using agile practices to influence motivation within IT project teams en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI
dc.relation.projectid 10CE/I1855

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