location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 27th 05:15 - 06:00 PM place Grand Ballroom 1

What could be more important for leaders than increasing their teams’ productivity? Conventional thinking would rank “increased motivation” as one of the most important tools for increasing productivity of teams.

   Motivation --> increases Progress --> increases Productivity

This interactive session will disrupt and challenge the above notion, and will provide an alternative view:

   Progress --> increases Motivation --> increases Productivity

Dipesh will be drawing upon more than a decade of research including 26 project teams, 7 companies and a deep analysis of nearly 12,000 daily diaries kept by team members, and use real case studies and examples to illustrate the following key elements:

   Catalysts – events and actions that help a team move forward

   Inhibitors – events and actions that can induce setbacks

   Nourishers – interpersonal interactions that lift team’s spirits

   Toxins – interpersonal interactions that undermine team’s spirits

Awareness of the above principle is important and may sound simple; however turning the awareness of these elements into the inner workings of our daily routine takes discipline. With that in mind, all attendees will be given 'The Progress Enablement Checklist' that will assist them in making such behaviours habitual.

If you are a leader or an aspiring leader of an Agile team, this session will provide clear implications for where to focus your efforts so that you do not worry about the wrong things. You will be inspired by knowing what serves to catalyse and nourish progress – and what does the opposite.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Mechanics

This talk is conducted in a fast paced, highly-interactive style to keep the audience engaged throughout.

0 – 6 Exercise: What makes us happy?

First up, light-hearted humour is used to make the analogy between what makes people happy (and successful) in life and in work environments (i.e. Agile Teams). This interactive exercise with the audience sets the scene and the themes that rest of the talk builds up on.  (Exercise outline can be provided upon request.)

7 – 10 Letting go of the Control, and establishing Trust

Throughout this talk, we point back to the learnings and outputs from the exercise conducted at the start of the session - what motivates team members the most on a day-to-day basis is the sense that they are making progress, while also knowing that they are recognised and supported by people around them.

11 – 25 Introduce the Power of Small wins

In May of 2011, Harvard Business Review published the article The Power of Small Wins by Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer. My presentation is largely inspired by this article whose focus is on work place motivation and the effects it has on productivity. Not surprisingly, there is a strong correlation between motivation and productivity. The result of the article is the Progress Principle, which states:

"Of all things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run."

I will be proposing that Leaders should consider:

   Progress --> increases Motivation --> increases Productivity

over…

   Motivation --> increases Progress --> increases Productivity

On the basis of more than a decade of research including 26 project teams, 7 companies and a deep analysis of nearly 12,000 daily diaries kept by team members, the findings by this study are completely in line with the following principles behind the Agile Manifesto:

- Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.

- Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

- Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

- Working software is the primary measure of progress.

The above will be the basis of this talk where I will be sharing how I have been inspired by this work and how I incorporate the Progress Principle while working within the Agile Principles. I will also share how I have assisted other leaders to achieve success by changing their Leadership styles to be more conducive to these principles.

I will be drawing upon my extensive Agile experience to share my learnings, and use real case studies and examples to illustrate the following key elements:

   Catalysts – events and actions that help a team move forward

   Inhibitors – events and actions that can induce setbacks

   Nourishers – interpersonal interactions that lift team’s spirits

   Toxins – interpersonal interactions that undermine team’s spirits.

 

26 – 30 Introduce ‘The Progress Enablement Checklist’

Awareness of the above four key elements is important, however turning the awareness of these elements into the inner workings of our daily routine takes discipline. With that in mind, we gradually introduce 'The Progress Enablement Checklist' that will assist the Leaders and Managers in making such behaviours habitual.

'The Progress Enablement Checklist' was inspired by the work done by Amabile and Kramer, and I have designed this version of the checklist specifically for Agile Team Leaders.

31 – 35 Conclusion

Call to action to constantly look for Catalysts and Nourishers within and around Agile Teams – this is the first step towards unleashing the full potential of your Agile team.

36 – 40 Q & A

In addition to the key learning outcomes mentioned in my submission, all participants will also get to hear a lot of little 'gems' (exciting new tips and techniques they need as Agile leaders) that are based on my hands-on experience in this area. These novel ‘gems’ peppered throughout this talk ensures that participants of all experience levels are inspired!

 

Learning Outcome

  • Knowing that the best way to truly engage team members is by helping them see their own progress of meaning work.
  • Knowing that we need catalysts and nourishers (respect, encouragement, emotional support, and affiliation) to optimise progress and motivation.
  • A checklist for Agile Team leaders to assist them to adopt the new perspectives and behaviours required to provide the catalysts and nourishers that make work meaningful.

Target Audience

Anyone who is or wants to be leading an Agile team.

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