Agile Meetings and Motivation

There are three key, recurrent meetings in Agile practice:

Do these meetings contribute to team motivation or de-motivation? According to a recent study “Motivating Agile Teams: A Case Study of Teams in Ireland and Swedenit depends.

Sorry, but I am not going to pay to read any further than the abstract but if someone will donate a copy to me I promise to write about any other sensational findings in the paper.


  • O. McHugh, K. Conboy, and M. Lang, “Motivating agile teams: a case study of teams in ireland and sweden,” in International research workshop on it project management 2010, 2010.
    abstract = {This research is an exploratory study, which investigates how the use of three agile practices - the daily stand-up, iteration planning and iteration retrospective - may contribute to motivation or de-motivation in an agile team in two different European countries; namely Ireland and Sweden. Several studies recognize that motivation is an important issue in software development and have identified factors that motivate software developers. However, relatively little is known about motivation in an agile context or how agile practices may impact on team motivation. Seventeen individuals across two teams were interviewed. The results indicate that in both countries agile practices can contribute to team motivation and de-motivation. This study hopes to make an important contribution towards research efforts in the area of motivation and agile software development by identifying factors that can contribute to and inhibit motivation in agile software development teams.},
    author = {McHugh, Orla and Conboy, Kieran and Lang, Michael},
    booktitle = {International Research Workshop on IT Project Management 2010},
    citeulike-article-id = {9846555},
    citeulike-linkout-0 = {},
    keywords = {20101119},
    posted-date = {2011-10-03 10:35:15},
    priority = {2},
    title = {Motivating Agile Teams: A Case Study of Teams in Ireland and Sweden},
    url = {},
    year = {2010}

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About Greger Wikstrand

Greger Wikstrand, Ph.D. M.Sc. is a TOGAF 9 certified enterprise architect with an interest in e-heatlh, m-health and all things agile as well as processes, methods and tools. Greger Wikstrand works as a consultant at Capgemini where he alternates between enterprise agile coaching, problem solving and designing large scale e-health services ...


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