|Jennifer Edmondson, InfoSec Program Manager

Jennifer Edmondson is a 23 year veteran of a Fortune 500 Corporation and is currently an Information Security Program Manager for several large initiatives. Jen holds a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. She has been most recently spotted in the spaces of a Cyber Security Data Lake, Dev Ops, Application Security, Cryptography and Identity and Access. She’s passionate about security and motivating her teams. Jen studies Penetration Testing for fun and is non apologetic about being from New Jersey. Due to the increased desire to understand the relationship between technology and behavior, she now gets the last laugh about how relevant her degree is at her organization.
What IF? A Little Experiment on Lighting the Motivational Fire Under my App Sec Team’s
Psychologists have conducted numerous studies throughout the years on motivation, yielding evolving models of motivation as a result. While studying the evolution of Motivational theory from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Daniel Pink and others, I was teaching my InfoSec organization Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) practices. As I continued to teach class after class, I realized that my very own colleagues, both inside and outside of my Service, were unmotivated, tired and beaten down. So I proposed some questions: What IF you had more time to innovate? What IF you had more time to do the things that gave you Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose? What would you do? What could you achieve? What “IF” turned into Innovation Friday for my Application Security organization. Let me take you on a journey of my experiment that lit up the motivational fire for my colleagues. I’ll walk you through what I proposed, the initial feedback, and the results of what happens when you allow time for (and encourage!) Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.
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