Questions tagged [motivation]

This is for questions regarding improving motivation or handling motivation problems in the team. This tag also applies to motivation issues with project managers and other stakeholders. Avoid poll-type questions.

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I'm searching a motivational video about building an MVP in an agile approach on site at a shop [closed]

I need to raise motivation of my team and would like to show them that it's possible to build an app from scratch even if requirements are not known in the beginning. The idea is to make them open to ...
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How to motivate a software development team that is not motivated due to a lack of interest in the product?

I am a Project Manager in my Software Engineering class for a software development project that deals with sports management. The issue I am running into is the fact that most of my development team ...
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How to improve our developer retention and development output?

I am a mid-level developer at a small company of about 15 people, and I am (aiming at) leading a team of 3. I am concerned that my team suffers creeping disinvestment in the project and company ...
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How can I motivate the team to take more responsibility for user stories?

My team consists of 4 team members and me as the Product Owner, filling up the backlog and proposing the next stories to be done. We currently have no Scrum Master, and we use the Kanban method. I am ...
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Team velocity declined after legacy declaration

I am the manager and I am struggling with a declined velocity. I have tried to discuss with the team what is going on, and they say they got better at story point estimation. But I suspect they are ...
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How to motivate a team when you have nothing to offer but equity?

I recently got into the whole startup scene, and I was hired as CTO for an early-stage startup. I've got a fair bit of engineering experience, but when it comes to management, I'd definitely be in the ...
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Toxic culture - I'm putting in more resources to help the project move faster, but people are slowing down

Background: I work in a company that has a bad culture: everybody has been treated the same: The same salary, no rewards for high achievers, and no punishment for bad employees, including people who ...
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Uncommunicative contractors "just want to work" and not be bothered; but miss deadlines

Note: I am not a PM. I'm a technical manager who is temporarily overseeing a project until PM is spun up. I have a pair of independent contractors - call them Mike and Vern - performing design and ...
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Managing a junior project manager who is bored

I have a junior project manager working for me. Unfortunately a lot of the work we have been doing lately is slow and comes in small spurts. I know the Junior PM is getting bored because they haven't ...
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How to manage a developer with poor work ethics

Background: I am the PM / Scrum master in a development team, we follow a semi-agile framework for app development. The team (which is newly formed) consists of 3 developers. I am not the line ...
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How to improve team motivation with minimal wage increment but fair performance ratings?

How would you motivate the team when the annual wage increment is minimal (less than 5%) even though the performance ratings are very fair?
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Ample free time

I'm handling a Production support team. How to keep the team motivated and busy when the daily 'Business As Usual's are mostly automated and the team requires 2-3 hours in the day to complete the ...
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Earning Respect of Team Members When I Know Very Little About the Topic?

I've recently been assigned project manager of a project which requires moderate-high degree of technical skills in machine learning that are above my level. Originally a programmer, I have previously ...
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How to motivate high performers in team?

Two months back I was asked this question in an Amazon interview: How will you motivate the High performer in your project? My answer, which I follow on the ground level: There are different ...
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How could you prepare yourself for a new project proposal?

I am a high school physics teacher in Europe and hoping to write an Erasmus+ project for High Schools to deploy their cubesat (small satelitte) in orbit. This kind of project has been run several ...
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Team Dynamics Issue

I work in the large Company, where Agile is in its core. Three years ago teams received autonomy to decide on how they work. I have joined the team as a Scrum Master. Engineers in the team don't ...
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How to wake up a team?

I am a Scrum Master and work with a team of 7 developers + PO (also programmer). They are experienced and many of them have been work in this place for couple of years. It is a big company in a ...
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Technique or good way to talk to functional manager

As a project manager in a matrix organization, I am having problems to deal with a resource, who is responsible to deliver a task, which is impacting on project schedule because the task is behind ...
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Ensuring team motivation and project progress in a highly complex software project

Our development team is currently facing the problem that the complexity of our software project is draining their motivation/enthusiasm/... Since a few weeks they constantly struggle with pondering ...
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How to effectively allocate experts to projects?

We get repeated requests for consulting projects. There are couple of experts in our firm. They have different expertise in different fields. We would like to choose for each project the expert who ...
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How can I motivate members of a university project without money or punishments?

First of all: if this is not the right place for this question, please move it to the appropriated one. This one was the closest I found to the subject. Context Some context: Junior enterprises are ...
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How to motivate my team members to start documenting their work

I just started a new job as a technical project manager. It's more or less my first experience, as I have just run teams of two students before, and now I am managing a project of 10 engineers, some ...
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Suggestions to motivate Team Members in an "Special Environment"?

I am working on my very first Project and act kind of the Producer / Manager or however it's called. The Project is an Videogame we're working on. It's an easy and dead Genre we're trying to revive. ...
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How to keep my team motivated during hard times?

The company I'm working is passing through some hard times. Some people of my team got fired because of cost issues, but the ones that are still with me has to keep working, because our goals didn't ...
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Managing Internal projects as if the manager was a client. Does this method have a name?

As a manager in a company, I found that some people within my team performs better when they are trusted with a task and when I manage them and the tasks I give them, like if I was a client. I debrief ...
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How shall we deal with demotivation from non-core activities?

Situations where the members of the project team have tasks which are not directly related to their job positions happens quite often (especially in cross-functional teams). According to my ...
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What we should do, if after planning we still have some free time in Sprint (i.e. unused forecasted capacity) and no tasks that will fit in it

A question about Sprint planning. Let's assume, that Team velocity are 20 Story Point (SP). The most prior Stories in Product Backlog are A (12 SP), B (5 SP) and C (4 SP). It's easy to see, that if ...
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Any books of running large (100+) development teams? [closed]

Running a large (100+) development team is quite different to 10 or even 40 people, manual control stops working. What are the books on how to do it the most effectively?
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Project Management in bad times - demoralized people and loss of power

I'm a Software Project Manager currently facing a hard situation: our company is having some hard times (mainly due to financial things) and lately people are generally pessimistic, apathic and/or ...
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How can I handle disengaged and unmotivated employees on my Scrum team?

As a Scrum Master, what actions or steps do I need to take when team members are not engaged or motivated, especially when the team members realize they don't have to report to me and that I don't do ...
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How can I motivate/manage developers who only use email to communicate?

Some teams have to work with collaborators without face-to-face discussions. In our case all conversations are by email. There is a problem with a this method: it's very difficult to keep developers ...
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How does a project manager manage and motivate people that don't actually report to the PM?

Scenario: Software development team does NOT report to PM, but PM is responsible for hitting milestone dates and not exceeding budget. Sometimes, developers have to do work for other PMs, so less ...
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No performance from Teammember [closed]

I want to hear some opinions about my situation. Initial: Im the initiator of a startup idea Investor brings up his employee as Teammeber Investor splitted his proportion half for the employee I work ...
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Balance between sharing creative control and leading the project

I've been working on a project for almost a year now as the Project Manager. Initially, it was just myself. Over time, several others have been engaged in the project on a much smaller scope. The ...
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What are some ways to improve team motivation and sense of achievement using Kanban?

I manage a development team using Scrum extremely successfully. When I started there was no organization to development, so we implemented Kanban as a stepping stone to provide visibility into the ...
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Introducing fun at work for Software Engineering team

As a manager of a 20 member software engineering team, I would like to introduce some fun element at work. This is mostly to bring in a good team synergy, fun, motivation and cross communication in a ...
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How can I manage multiple large, parallel, distributed projects with different workforce commitment levels?

I'm starting a Games Development club. I'll be thrown lots of people with their own skill-sets, commitment levels, goals, etc. I need to ensure they are pointed towards appropriate yet stimulating ...
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Better (financial) motivation for a developer: percentage or fixed salary?

Until now, I worked on projects with fixed salary, receiving it at each period (monthly). But I would like to know, what if the workers should receive their salary with a percentage of the project's ...
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How do you motivate people to work overtime to meet a deadline?

I have a deadline one week away, and we have set up pretty extensive expectations with the client. Should I talk to the client to try to manage the expectation? If they work overtime, do I have to ...
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What value do project managers provide a software development team?

What value does a project manager bring? How do they benefit the technical members of the team who do the work (e.g., the software developers)? Why should software developers prefer to have a ...
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Badges for project team members for motivation

Stack Exchange is using nice way to motivate contribution through Badges. I was thinking of implementing this same idea for my project team members. Badges will be awarded to project team members in ...
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How could I motivate my project team members to be self-motivated?

Some team members are self-motivated however some others is not. Non self-motivated members is slowing down the velocity of the project which cause frustration to the other members and to management. ...
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Remote developers: does seeing a result really matter?

I am interested in a psychology-related issue. Let's imagine that we have a consulting company (and let's call it BusinessSoftwareInc) which does small and medium software projects for its clients. ...
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How to encourage people to use a physical board?

Recently, we introduced a physical board to visualise work progress in one of our projects. In the first few iteration the team was very excited about it and used the board very often. We saw true ...
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ROWE - a buzzword or working strategy?

Recently I've heard about ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment), but I am unable to find any descriptive material about it's rules and principles of such approach. Do you know (and could share) any ...
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how to integrate millennials into an existing working environment without firing them and keeping the old employees as well?

My question is related to groups, motivation and millennials - aka generation y. I had a colleague who was a real millennial: he was really driven, he was always looking for new challenges, and was ...
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How to make better software developers out of less-than-average ones?

I've asked this before in other places, and I'm now turning to you guys to see what sort of advice you can offer. Some background: I'm a project manager at an offshore company. I’m in no way the best ...
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How to get from differentiated salaries to the equal ones for the same position in company?

Recently I found some interesting articles about salary politics (1), (2). I also believe that equal salaries makes life more simple and I generally favor simple and transparent solutions. I believe ...
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How can I get my team to value self-organization and self-improvement?

I'm working as a project leader in a team of 5 developers and myself and taking the role of analyst. Within the company, we've been applying the agile principles for several years. Some of the ...
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Motivating younger (Generation Y) members

I realize many articles have been written about generational differences in the workforce, but I'd like to know specific things you've done to help motivate younger team members. I belong to "...
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