Dr. John F. Tripp, PhD, Assistant Professor, Baylor University

Toward an Understanding of Job Satisfaction on Agile Teams: Agile Development as Work Redesign

In this study, we use the lens of Hackman & Oldham’s job characteristics model to motivate a theory of motivation and satisfaction amongst agile development teams. We propose that agile teams are, in fact, redesigning work in the very way that Hackman & Oldham propose will increase job perceptions, and lead to greater job satisfaction. We report the initial results of a research-in-progress study. Using a quantitative survey of 104 software professionals, we test the theory and find preliminary support for our model and hypotheses.

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