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Is Punishment for Being Late to a Scrum a Bad Thing?

01.17.2013
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image One of the first rules of Scrum Meetings is to ensure that it is conducted at the same time every day at the same place. It also expects that the team members should come on time to the Scrum Meeting.


The typical practice is that late comers to the Scrum Meetings should either wear a joker cap or pay money as punishment for arriving late. However, many thought leaders believe that these practices of punishment is bad and it is not going to improve the situation or change the behavior of the late comers. Worse, Thought Leaders proficient in Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, believe that, over a period of time the extrinsic motivators(reward or punishment) actually reduces the intrinsic motivation. image

* So, what should we do in this situation ?
* How do we handle the late comers ?
* Should we ignore them ?
* How do we make the late comers for the Scrum meeting to come on time ?

The answer seems to be not easy. Researchers believe that there is no one formula that could be used to motivate every one. If some one is not coming on time to the Scrum meeting means either he/she is not interested or does not believe in these meetings and could be something else. One needs to identify the root cause of lack of intrinsic motivation and work on an individual basis rather than applying the same reward/punishment formula.

imageCognitive Evaluation Theory and FLOW seem to provide some insights to improve the Intrinsic motivation.

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