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Production Essentials Summit: Intrinsically Motivated Teams: The Manager's Toolbox

Alexandre Moufarek (Product Manager, DeepMind)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core+Summits Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Managers get involved in various tasks every day - planning, hiring, team organization, communication, giving feedback, performance evaluation etc. - but how can we tell what will have a positive or a negative impact on our team's motivation? Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 2000) can help with that.

SDT is a macro theory of human motivation that emerged from research on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and identifies three universal psychological needs that, if satisfied, enable optimal function and growth: competence, autonomy, and relatedness. In this talk, Alexandre Moufarek introduces SDT and gives practical examples taken from a manager's day to day tasks and discusses what can facilitate or undermine a team's motivation (supported by research findings).

Moufarek elaborates further on the science of motivation, in his talk "Intrinsically Motivated Teams: Applying Self-Determination Theory" in the Core Concepts: Production & Team Management track. "Happy game developers make happy gamers" is not just a saying. It's science.


An introduction to one of the most supported theories of human motivation - Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 2000) - a look at day to day tasks of managers (planning, communication, giving feedback, hiring, etc.) through the lens of SDT and practical examples to understand what can facilitate or undermine a team's motivation.

Intended Audience

Managers of all levels seeking to understand how their daily work impacts their team's motivation, and how they can improve it.