July 29, 2008

Managing and Motivating Developers

Here's a nice article by Esther Schindler about managing and motivating developers, which rings true in so many ways!

Managing and Motivating Developers: Tips for Management Cluefulness

In many ways, managing a developer is just like managing any other employee. Developers want managers who'll help them solve business and technical problems, who'll protect them from unnecessary office politics and who will help them meet their personal career goals.
But programmers are ... different. Like musicians, these creative folks can alternate between big-picture thinking and persnickety detail in a heartbeat. They can be sidetracked by silly toys, and convinced to work overtime by the promise of pizza and a T-shirt.
Trying to understand and motivate these people can drive managers - particularly non-technical managers - to distraction.

Entry categories: Programming
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