Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

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Adrienne Keane earned her Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Founder of Project JumpStart (, she is a consultant and coach who helps organizations build high performing teams where people thrive.


High technology project teams must form, innovate, execute and deliver complex solutions at continually increasing speeds to meet market demands. This paper explores how building team positivity, connectedness and efficacy can accelerate team formation and establish an expansive environment for ongoing collaboration and innovation. A program framework for forming positive project teams utilizing empirically-based positive interventions and appreciative inquiry theory is presented. By using appreciative inquiry as a team-development intervention we can help new teams create generative images for themselves based on an affirmative understanding of their past. Team members come together in a safe and encouraging space and get to know each others’ strengths, passions, experience and styles while building a vision and action plan for their most positive future. By investing in building positive project teams during team formation, businesses can accelerate team formation, achieve greater team satisfaction and increase overall performance outcomes.


Positive project teams, high performing teams, positive psychology, positivity, positive, team, appreciative inquiry, team building



Date Posted: 24 January 2011

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