Agile PM Process Grid–4.6 Motivation/Empowerment


In John Stenbeck’s book “PMI-ACP and Certified Scrum Professional Exam Prep and Desk Reference”, he creates an “agile project management process grid” which describes 87 processes used in agile project management.   These processes are divided into five process groups (Initiate, Plan, Iterate, Control, and Close), which are analogous to the five process groups in traditional project management, and seven knowledge areas which can be mapped, more or less, onto the ten knowledge areas in traditional project management.

The next block of three processes I am going to describe are those belonging to the “Team Performance” knowledge area (equivalent to the “HR Management” knowledge area in traditional PM) that are done during the Planning phase of the project.

The first process 4.4  Coaching/Facilitation, was described in the first post in the series.  In the last post, I covered 4.5 Collaboration/Negotiation.    This is almost a description of a soft skillset as opposed to a process, although it is most often used during the iteration planning meeting.   In this post, I cover process 4.6 Motivation/Empowerment.

John Stenbeck relates how Alistair Cockburn describes three pride-related factors in his book “Agile Software Development:  The Cooperative Game” that are related to team motivation.

  1. Pride in work–team members are intrinsically motivated to deliver a quality product.
  2. Pride in accomplishment–the act of winning is a small reward unto itself; 12 small monthly wins are superior to the promise of a large win at the end of the year.
  3. Pride in contribution–individual members find more motivation and satisfaction in their team being acknowledged than in receiving an individual award, so they are motivated to achieving team goals.
These motivational concepts are not exclusive to agile, but the need for them in agile is becoming more and more important.Pr

 

 

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