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"Gumption Traps"
Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications
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Gumption Traps

Rachel Davies, Agile Alliance
Ivan Moore, ThoughtWorks

Motivation is possibly the most important factor for the success of any software project. The book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" introduces the idea of "Gumption Traps"; things that sap motivation, such as not having the correct tools. This poster is the output from the "Gumption Traps" workshop at OOPSLA 2004. A workshop that introduces participants to techniques from Systems Thinking for the identification and understanding of Gumption Traps, which will lead to suggestions for how to avoid or combat them. Once Gumption Traps can be identified and removed, improvements in motivation can lead to improvements in the well-being of team members and improvements in productivity.