Abstract/Description

Scrum can be incredibly motivating and produce great results, an exciting environment, and help people thrive whilst maintaining a good work/life balance. But what happens when a Scrum project continues for a long duration? How do you stop burnout or fatigue from setting in?

The Scrum framework allows for a lot of flexibility, but the repeated cadence and ceremonies can become monotonous over time and occasionally seem relentless. I have been working with a Scrum team that has been in place for 7 years (possibly New Zealand’s longest running Scrum team) and in that time I have seen all the ups and downs of long-term Scrum project.

As a result, we have seen what works and what doesn’t work in terms of keeping a team engaged over a long period of time. We have focussed our efforts on three factors that are most important to a team, and have seen great results. This allowed is to minimize our efforts in the areas that had no real impact on the team’s motivation, freeing up time for the good stuff!

During my talk we you will learn:

- The three factors the team considered the most motivating, and what you can do to help these thrive
- The three factors the team considered the least motivating, and what can be done to make sure these are in place with minimal effort
- how to measure a team's engagement level
- The hygiene factors (stuff the team didn’t care about unless they were suddenly absent) that need to be maintained

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