Going an extra mile - about motivation & pressure

Going an extra mile - about motivation & pressure

In this blog post you'll read about ... where does the motivation come from, why direct pushing doesn't motivate us (for real), what is "the runway method", whether it's OK to stretch beyond 40h/week (50h? 60h?), why software development is like surgery and what's the difference between good & bad praise. Oceans of ink have been spent on all the articles on efficiency & productivity in the software development industry. As the technical aspects of gaining more velocity are not only tricky but also require a high level of expertise, many seek for more comprehensible & readily applicable…

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Having your soul in the game

Having your soul in the game

TL;DR Every independently thinking person can easily recognize all the enterprise talks regarding "engagement", "motivation" & "ownership" as stinking pile of worthless, corporate rubbish. Neither knowledge nor creative workers can be so easily "tricked" (even if they can, in fact they're just fooling themselves short-term ...) for "higher engagement" - sustainable recipe for strong-performing, highly-effective organization has to be based on principles of everyone having (at least) "skin in the game": a win-win-win-... scenario with everyone proportionally participating in both risks & successes (shared definition!) of enterprise they…

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What makes a Software Engineer (feel) successful?

What makes a Software Engineer (feel) successful?

TL;DR We spend ridiculous amount of time on verifying job candidates' technical proficiency, analytical thinking, communication skills, but we rarely ask them for what they really aim for. Companies enforce their career models & internal goals / definitions of success w/o examining what really drives a potentially new hire, what are their ambitions, what impresses them and lights up sparks in their eyes. It's a gross oversight as nothing unites & strengthens the team as much as the common goal & shared motivations. I've never have hidden (especially on this blog) that fact that I'm totally fascinated by the…

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The most overlooked fact about motivation in work?

The most overlooked fact about motivation in work?

It's a real grind, what we do here In real life, software delivery rarely is a piece of cake - writing actual, production code doesn't resemble "happy path" tutorials, industrial domain models are much more complex than "Animal -> Dog" hierarchy, effective automated testing gets twice as hard with every new dependency discovered, etc. It's not a "simply follow the instructions" type of work. In fact, to do their daily work, software delivery teams have to constantly deal with numerous (& various) issues & problems, fight impediments, tame unruly technology that sometimes seems…

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