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dc.contributor.authorMcHugh, Orla
dc.contributor.authorConboy, Kieran
dc.contributor.authorLang, Michael
dc.identifier.citationMcHugh, O.; Conboy, K.; Lang, M (2011) 'Using Agile Practices to Influence Motivation within IT Project Teams'. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 23 (2):59-85.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis 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.relation.ispartofScandinavian Journal of Information Systemsen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectAgile project managementen_US
dc.subjectInformation systemsen_US
dc.subjectInformation technologyen_US
dc.titleUsing Agile Practices to Influence Motivation within IT Project Teamsen_US
dc.local.contactMichael Lang, Business Information Systems, Room 365, Cairnes Building, Nui Galway. 3515 Email:

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