Today's theme is: Praise, Rewards, and Motivating Others.
Linking Agile to HR Theory - A look at the Agile Manifesto and various theories about people and teams. By reviewing the people side of projects promoted by Agile, the embodiment of many established good principles are evident. Projects rarely fail because the technology does not work; projects usually fail because of people issues. Finding ways to improve the people side of projects, even if they appear counterintuitive, pays huge dividends.
For Best Results, Forget the Bonus - Alfie Kohn sums up the motto of the American workplace as, "Do this, and you'll get that." She goes on to explain the problems with rewards.
The 6 Rules for Rewards - Jurgen Appelo gives us rules for rewards that help avoid the problems with cheating and gaming rules that Kohn pointed out above.
10 Questions and Answers for Managers about Praise - What is praise, why is it important, and a few simple rules on how to give praise effectively.