Re: open source and motivation
- Good article Boris. Along those lines, I just had an interesting
discussion yesterday with some managers on how to rally the team (not
terribly Agile at this point). Before we started brainstorming
ideas, I posed the question of what really motivates engineers and
then drove the conversation to distinquish between intrinsic and
extrinsic rewards. In the end, it was a good excercise to make sure
we had a balanced approach that had elements of both. Would have
been better to have facilitated this Retrospective type conversation
with the individual contributors themselves, but I'll take what I can
I found psychologist Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi's (pronounced "chick-SENT-
me high", author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and
others) conclusions about the types of activities that make people
feel best about what they do quite compelling. I've only skimmed his
work but came across this summary in Womack and Jones 'Lean Thinking'.
People feel best about what they do when the activities have:
- Clear objectives
- Need for intense concentration
- Lack of interuptions
- Clear and immediate feedback on progress toward the goal
- Challenge, having adequate skills but just barely.
Scrum practices map very well to these which fosters a software
development experience that is intrinsically rewarding.
--- In email@example.com, Boris Gloger <boris@g...>
> I want to recommend this article. Is about motivation and why
> work for an open source project.community. or?
> I find some similarities to our wish to create this SCRUM
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