PM Network – Go Team! This month’s PM Network magazine was finally available to me. Simon Kent’s article on motivating project teams caught my eye, starting at page 38. This article reminded of a post I wrote in February 2007, titled Motivational Theory In Project Management. It was there that I shared some thoughts about the topic in relation to Frederick Hertzberg. The PM Network article is mostly in line Hertzberg. The article doesn’t focus on theories or concepts but instead cites examples of how different project managers motivate their team and keep them there. The topic was interesting because it was experiential. Jonathan Bowman mentioned monetary rewards. However, he is right to point out that it is important to be careful about how this is done. This can be done by giving team-wide bonuses to encourage early completion or to bring in less than budget. Hertzberg says that monetary compensation is a motivator and not a hygiene factor. I agree with him. However, money can be used to recognize accomplishments if it is directly linked to them. Individual bonuses based on project performance would be a bad idea. This could be an incentive for people to excel and look good at the expense or project objectives. Instead, achievements should be documented in the performance reviews process and their relevant impact on salary increases. These are some of my favorite techniques from the article:

For co-located projects, create a team area. Make banners and place people […]