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The Identity Management Method
This item ran on the Joel on Software homepage on Thursday, August 10, 2006

When you’re trying to get a team all working in the same direction, we’ve
seen that Command and Control management and Econ 101 management both fail
pretty badly in high tech, knowledge- oriented teams.

That leaves a technique that I’m going to have to call The Identity Method.
The goal here is to manage by making people identify with the goals
you’re trying to achieve. That’s a lot trickier than the other methods, and it
requires some serious interpersonal skills to pull off. But if you do it
right, it works better than any other method.

The problem with Econ 101 management is that it subverts intrinsic
motivation. The Identity Method is a way to create intrinsic motivation.