Work Motivational Challenges Regarding the Interface Between Agile Teams and a Non-Agile Surrounding Organization: A case study
Paper in proceedings, 2014

There are studies showing what happens if agile teams are introduced into a non-agile organization, e.g. higher overhead costs and the necessity of an understanding of agile methods even outside the teams. This case study shows an example of work motivational aspects that might surface when an agile team exists in the middle of a more traditional structure. This case study was conducted at a car manufacturer in Sweden, consisting of an unstructured interview with the Scrum Master and a semi-structured focus group. The results show that the teams felt that the feedback from the surrounding organization was unsynchronized resulting in them not feeling appreciated when delivering their work. Moreover, they felt frustrated when working on non-agile teams after have been working on agile ones. This study concludes that there were work motivational affects of fitting an agile team into a non-agile surrounding organization, and therefore this might also be true for other organizations.

Large Organizations

Empirical Study

Work Motivation

Agile Development Processes


Lucas Gren

University of Gothenburg

Richard Torkar

University of Gothenburg

Robert Feldt

Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, BTH

Agile Conference (AGILE), 2014. July 28 2014-Aug.

978-0-7695-5222-4 (ISBN)

Subject Categories

Applied Psychology

Software Engineering





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