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Check! Projektmedarbetares behov av progress och struktur: En kvalitativ studie av Work Flow-metoden
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School (from 2013).
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Check! Projectworkers’ need of progress and structure : A Qualitative study of the Work Flow method (Swedish)
Abstract [sv]

Studiens syfte är att undersöka om det strukturella stöd som Work Flow (ett event baserat på Pomodorometoden) erbjuder upplevs vara till nytta i en projektmedarbetares vardag. En kvalitativ undersökning belyser varför sju projektmedarbetare söker denna struktur i sin arbetsdag och vilken nytta erfarenheterna upplevs ge. En tematisk analys resulterade i sex teman.

Resultatet beskriver hur projektmedarbetares tillgänglighet försvårar fokus på de egna arbetsuppgifterna och beskriver behovet av sammanhang och förståelse i en fri arbetsroll. Därefter beskrivs projektmedarbetares upplevelse av Work Flow. Här framhäver respondenterna den inre bekräftelse, kontroll och känsla av progress som metoden ger. Detta möjliggör prioriteringar både av arbetsuppgifter och aktiva pauser. Slutligen beskrivs arbetsmetodens nytta i vardagen. Administrativa sysslor upplevs passa bättre och upplevelsen av progress i dessa är positiv. Dock finns svårigheter att implementera rutinen i sin vardag. Respondenterna ser stora fördelar med att införa Work Flow i egna projektorganisationens arbetssätt för att skapa arbetsro, samarbeten och bättre resultat.

En diskussion kopplad till the Progress Principle belyser resultaten ur motivationssynpunkt. Slutsatsen är att Work Flow har potential att förbättra projektledares och projektgruppers vardag genom att skapa en tydligare känsla av framåtrörelse, en bättre tidsmedvetenhet även i planeringsfasen samt en bättre insikt i övriga teammedlemmars uppgifter. Metoden kan skapa en positiv förbättring både för individen och projektorganisationen genom ökad motivation, arbetsglädje, kreativitet och produktivitet.

Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to explore whether the structure provided by Work Flow (an event based on the Pomodoro-method) is perceived as beneficial in the work of a project member. A qualitative study sheds light on why seven project members seek this structure in their work and which benefits they found. A thematic analysis resulted in six themes.

The result describes how the project members’ availability is an obstruction to find focus on their own tasks. It also describes the need of personal connections and sense of management understanding in a free role. Thereafter the project members’ experience of Work Flow is described. The interviewees discuss topics concerning self-affirmation, control and sense of progress which makes prioritization possible both concerning tasks and active pauses. Finally, we look into the use of Work Flow in everyday life. The method is considered more suitable for administrative duties and the sense of progress when performing these tasks is very positive. However, the respondents describe some resistance when trying to change their routines at work. In spite of this they predict great advantages if introducing Work Flow in their own project organization as they envision peace to work, improved collaborations and better results.

The Progress Principle was used to analyze the results from a motivational point of view. The conclusion is that Work Flow shows potential to improve the everyday life of project managers and project teams by creating a sense of progress, an improved awareness of time, including project planning, and a better understanding of the struggles of other team members. The method may create a positive improvement for both the individual and the project organization through increased motivation, joy of work, creativity and productivity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 39
Keywords [en]
Structure, progress, Project management, motivation, Pomodoro-method, Work Flow
Keywords [sv]
Struktur, progress, projektledning, motivation, Pomodoro-metoden, Work Flow
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72246OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-72246DiVA, id: diva2:1319612
Subject / course
Project Leadership
Educational program
Master's Degree Programme (one year) in Project Management, 60 hp
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Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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