In this blog post I want to share my experience with another great tool from the Management 3.0 workshop, called the “Moving Motivators” game. But first, let’s have a quick look into the science behind intrinsic and extrinsic motivation:
Daniel Pink tells us in this video that science has proven that extrinsic motivators don’t work for knowledge workers, which is a fact that has been ignored by most organizations for the last decades. The “Moving Motivators” game is a great tool to reveal what really motivates us to do our jobs.
Recently I decided to play the “Moving Motivators” game with one of my agile teams in our sprint retrospective. Even if we shared an open team culture and we knew each other quite well we never talked about our intrinsic motivators inside the team. So I expected to get some new insights into that blind spot.
Preparing the game for our retrospective took me about 2 hours of time. This is what you need to do:
- Print the Moving Motivator cards: I used a bit heavier paper (e.g. 100g) than usual office paper and a color laser printer that produces good quality prints, because I think it is essential that the cards look nice and professional.
- Laminate the cards: The printed cards look great but laminating them makes them awesome 🙂 It also protects the cards, makes them reusable, gives them a professional look and a nice touch. Your team will love them!
- Cut the cards and prepare the card decks for handing them out to your team
During the retrospective we followed the 3 steps through the exercise, which took us about 45 minutes. And, yes, the team loved the nicely crafted cards 🙂
In conclusion the “Moving Motivators” game was a welcome variation to our usual retrospectives that helped us to talk about our motivations for our jobs. Personally it revealed that I have had badly misjudged some of the team member’s in respect to their intrinsic motivators. The “Moving Motivators” game helped me to correct the view on my colleagues and made me start respond more accurately to their actions and behaviour.
If you would like to play the game with your team I can leave you some tips here. The exercise requires a high level of trust and an open culture. It is also crucial to talk to your team before you do the exercise with them – everyone must agree. Take your time to prepare the cards nicely. It will be much more fun! If your team fulfills the prerequisites the exercise is a great opportunity to get to know each other better and bring you one step further as a team.