More Effective Agile, Part 2: Steve McConnell Describes the Key Principles of His New Book


Second in our series in which Steve McConnell describes the 28 key principles in his new book, More Effective Agile (Construx Press, 2019). The principles discussed this time: “Motivate Teams Through Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.” Agile practices inherently support the factors that contribute to motivation. Teams are intended to work with Autonomy and to become better over time (Mastery). In order to do so, they need to understand their Purpose. The concepts of “healthy Agile team” and “motivated Agile team” are strongly intertwined. “Develop a Growth Mindset.” Whether you look at it from the point of view of the “Mastery” part of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose or from the point of view of Inspect and Adapt, effective Agile teams maintain a steady focus on getting better. “Develop Business Focus.” Developers frequently need to fill in gaps in requirements and in direction from their Product Owner. Understanding their business helps them fill those gaps in ways that are beneficial to the business.

Check out the book’s reviews here! More Effective Agile: A Roadmap for Software Leaders