Motivation Research Team

Our purpose, vision, mission

Purpose (Why?)

We want to make work in volunteer communities (like the TYPO3 community) more engaging, motivating and fun. This helps those communities grow and thrive. It also contributes to building trust and a feeling of connection between the members.

Vision (How?)

We become experts on motivational psychology and gamification. We use this expertise to provide advice to other teams and to build a ready-to-use concept for other teams and communities.

Mission (What?)

Becoming experts on motivational psychology and gamification

  • We get an overview over motivational psychology by playing through our main questline.

  • We deepen our knowledge on gamification and self-determination theory by completing the corresponding Coursera courses (including the exercises).

  • We take the EMPAMOS workshops.

  • We read literature and listen to podcasts and talks in this area.

  • We analyze games and gamified systems.

Providing advice to other teams

  • When a team approaches us for advice on motivation, we readily share our expertise.

  • We advertise that we offer these services.

Building a ready-to-use concept

  • We create easy-to-use recipes that list the situations in which they can be applied, what they try to achieve, what to do, and relevant documents, templates or links.

  • We try these recipes ourselves (“eating our own dog food”), beta-test them in other teams, help the teams implement them, and gather feedback to improve the recipes.

How we work

On the second Wednesday of each month at 19:00h Berlin time, we meet on our Discord server for our monthly team call.

Between the calls, we work on becoming experts on motivational psychology and on building our content. All of this is organized in quests.

Oliver Klee

Team lead


Sabine Schmidt

Team co-lead

Ann-Kathrin Wermekes

Team member

Yasmin Haustein

Team member

Team rules

  • We abide by the TYPO3 code of conduct.
  • We go out of our way to treat each other well.
  • We do our best to help each other.
  • We diligently attend our monthly conference calls. If someone cannot attend, they let the team know as soon as possible so that we can reschedule if possible.
  • We keep our promises and agreements, and we finish our to-dos in time. If someone cannot keep a promise or cannot finish a to-do in time, they inform the team as soon as possible so we can find a way to work around this.
  • Between the monthly conference calls, each team member invests a few hours each month to further our purpose/vision/mission. If someone is not able to do this (e.g., due to vacation or an emergency), they inform the team as soon as possible.
  • All team members have the permission and responsibility to improve our team processes, structures and content, and to add topics to the agenda for the next team call.
  • To change our team charter, we need a team decision (except for spelling and bug fixes and formatting changes). 
  • Team members are required to resolve any conflicts between them that affect how they collaborate or communicate in the team. If necessary, they ask for help from the team leads.
  • We use our expertise to make our own work more engaging and fun.
  • There are no stupid questions.
  • It is okay to ask for help.

Our plans for 2023

In 2023, we plan to achieve these things:

  • recruit more team members
  • give at least 1 more session at camp
  • identify the first 8 motivation concept building blocks we want to work on
  • build 2 motivation concept building blocks
  • find a team or code sprint that would be interested in alpha-testing our concept
  • get at least 3 team members fully trained as experts on motivation
  • get at least 1 team member trained in EMPAMOS (Empiricial Analysis of Motivational game elements - A scientifically developed toolbox to increase motivation in work environments;  Institute of Technology Nürnberg)

“Fully trained as experts on motivation” includes these points:

Want to join the team?

If you'd like to join the team …

  • to become an expert in motivational psychology
  • and to develop concepts for motivation,
  • and you would like to further our mission,
  • and you are fine with the team rules,
  • and you are willing to put in 4-6 hours per month,

… then please contact  the team via TYPO3 Slack or drop them an email. We're looking forward to getting to know you!