From X to Y. Agile Geometry and the path to Intrinsic Motivation.

Most of us have been trying our best to design better Organisations. Which are the key ingredients for a successful Agile transformation. Douglas McGregor gave the X and Y theory of Motivation, and nowadays is clear for everyone that Intrinsic motivation (Y) is the key ingredient to succeed.

In this talk we'll give a clear guideline to create environments where everyone can show themselves as Y, and to do so we'll review key aspects and dimensions of our current organisations together with management models: the famous Iron Triangle, Hierarchy models, The Agile Roles and Responsibilities model, Daniel Pink's intrinsic motivator model.

Putting all this concepts together we can see the whole puzzle that, basically, we can use as a reminder of what truly matters when it comes to people and transforming our organisations. Ingredients that, we cannot find, any other effort of method to improve the system will lead to failure.

I've been using this model during the last years to explain to my sponsors, execs, teams, managers, and even my daughters and teachers in their schools what a healthy system looks like. We call this talk Agile Geometry because the resulting model is just a combination of lines, circles and triangles. Easy representation that, once visualised will remain forever in our memory. At least, this is how it worked for me :)

Talk history:

  • Agile Open Spain 2014


Outline/Structure of the Talk

The structure of the session will start with a brief game for the audience to realise how we identify X and Y types:

  • "Y are you X?" game (5')

The main section of this talk will be a storytelling sequence that will relate key concepts and models from their traditional approach to modern approaches where Intrinsic motivation can thrive and flourish. This section will take 15'

  • Iron Triangle
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Hierarchy models
  • Intrinsic motivators
  • Project management models
  • Putting the whole puzzle together to see the path from X to Y.

Session will conclude with Q&As and potentially an open discussion about the meta-model presented.

Learning Outcome

AS A participant in this session...

  • I WILL learn the difference between Extrinsic (X) and Intrinsic (Y) motivation and a tool (game) to challenge our assumptions when classifying people in these categories.
  • I WILL learn how these models worked in the past and should work in modern organisations.
  • I WILL get a clear list of ingredients for me to find and foster once I'm back to my organisation and and easy visual model to explain it to my peers and managers.

Target Audience

Everyone interested in designing better organisations

Prerequisites for Attendees

No pre-requisites

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