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Motivating a Scrum Developer Team


It happend just the other day.  My coffee cup slowly filled up at our espresso machine while mark and I had a chat. How and why we got here and whats the point of this project at all.  Mark told me that he always was looking for a job in some other industry sector but somehow was stuck in this position. Stuck. There it was again. Stuck, a word I was really surprised about.

What does stuck mean? I started to dig deeper and also researched myself how highly educated people with well paying jobs can consider themselfs as stuck.

Yes, you can be stuck if you have some kind of disablilty, some kind of limitation or .. what? What else can it be? Self Motivation or empowerment? Fokus or skill?

Being a teamlead and projectmanager, instantly the question of motiviation came to my mind. Therefor some ideas and thoughts on motivation


Are you in the position to motivate people?

Projectmanager or Scrum Master: Yes and No. No since significant decisions are made outside of your universe. Typically as a Scrum Master you do not set up goals, deadlines or paychecks.

Yes, if the things mentioned above are „okay“ then your job gets important. If they are not okay, these things need to be resolved before that. It is helpful to know what the industry standards and requirements for your team members are. It helps if you get an idea about project costs, budget things, pay, work goals, expectations and other benchmarks.

Teamlead: Yes, you have to set your team up in a way that it can perform. Major factors like paychecks, know how, project goals, team organisation and team roles need to be defined by you. More over you can do a lot by empowering your team members to do their job well.

How can you motivate brainworkers?

The short answer is: let them organize their work themselfs. At least for a limited amout of time. Timebox tasks and assign them to people. Timeboxing is better than deadlines since it is less precise and more flexible. Timebox your people only to 80% of their capacity.

More to come

Author: Guntram Bechtold

Guntram Bechtold lebt mit seiner Familie in Dornbirn. Gemeinsam mit Freunden und Geschäftspartnern entstehen Angebote wie die BusinessLabs, die AgentConf, die WorkerConf oder die Plattform für Digitale Initiativen. Der passionierte Läufer ist für seine Livestreams auf dem Fahrrad bekannt und gefürchtet. Guntram arbeitet bei der Vorarlberger Digitalagentur StarsMedia und hilft mit den Smart City Dornbirn Wettbewerb zu organisieren.

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