Motivation is the driving force which help causes us to achieve goals. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic. The term is generally used for humans but it can also be used to describe the causes for animal behavior as well.

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How can I get my team excited about writing a blog [closed]

My team has all agreed that writing a company development blog is a good idea. There are a lot of documented benefits to blogging, both for the individuals and the company. However, while everyone ...
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Working on a project, lacking motivation to actually get to coding [duplicate]

I'm a hobbyist programmer. Often during a period of working on a project, I find myself having a hard time to actually get to coding. I sit in front of my computer, sometimes open the IDE, and ...
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Getting coders to do code review [duplicate]

I am running a project where I pay developers to contribute to my semi open source project. My problem is that it is easy to hire developers, but it is very difficult to get anyone to do code ...
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Motivate developers to keep up with admin tasks

We started off using Scrum, but recently changed to Kanban because fixed iterations didn't work in our situation. Kanban isn't working either, because team members are not updating the Kanban board. ...
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I cant get myself to sit down and start coding [closed]

I spent the last 5 months working my regular job (qa) and developing an android application in the evenings. Now we were in two week vacation for Christmas and I spent the whole time developing my ...
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Agile MVP (Most Valuable Player/Programmer)

Recently I've been involved in an agile project (using scrum) where management came up with the idea that the team would nominate a developer 'MVP' as well as a QA 'MVP' at the end of each sprint, ...
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How to maintain a steady pace at development? [duplicate]

This is something that happens to almost every project I am involved in as a developer. At first when I am presented with the problem I am very motivated to find a solution for it. And I develop on a ...
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Began with iOS development, skipped CS, and getting hit hard at interviews? [duplicate]

I'll start with a brief background: my degree is in Recording Arts, so mainly audio engineering and stuff relating to the music industry, with some synthesis and stuff which was my link into coding ...
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Obsessed with finding most elegant solution [duplicate]

I find that at times I get obsessed with finding the most elegant solution to a problem or task. I'll spend hours trawling the internet/texts for ideas and discussion on the right way to solve a ...
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My most cherished dream project seems to resemble a product that already exists. What shall I do? [closed]

I guess this is more of a "comfort seeking" question than legality one. You see, for the past couple of months I have been brainstorming and developing a product, all by myself. I was planning to ...
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Becoming an expert vs boredom [closed]

I am a college student, and I love to program, period. I code all kinds of things in different kinds of languages. Although I enjoy programming, I have an extremely hard time sticking to one project ...
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How can I motivate my teammates to work? [closed]

I've been recruited in a small team of seven developers about 4 months ago on a small scale Java project involving a basic game development, where each programmer has to do a certain part. For example ...
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How to motivate co-workers to write unit-tests?

We're working on a large product which has been in production for about 5 years. The codebase is.. erm.. working. Not really well but it is working. New features are thrown into production and tested ...
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How to motivate students for a programming section?

Last year I tried establishing a programming section at my alma mater. We started with a clear document detailing our plans and goals and a solid attendance (around 20 students). I ran into following ...
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How to maintain Motivation and enthusiasm once you have figured out the solution needed [closed]

I am currently undertaking a software project on my own time. When I first got the project I put in many hours working out how to do the "tricky" parts of the solution. I spent many hours googling and ...
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How do you get past the Analysis to Paralysis when working on a new project?

I've been struggling with how to get my project going. I've got an old software package that is in need of desparate rewrite. I haven't compiled the source code since 2004. It still sells, it's stable ...
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How to keep motivation in hobbyist programming projects? [closed]

There is already a couple of questions here about motivation, but they are related to programming as a job, teamwork and so on. I have been noticing, that in the past few years my motivation to code ...
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Corporate Framework: good or bad?

For a company that makes the same type of software over and over again, a custom MVP/MVC-like framework has been built. The obvious advantage is that it enables them to create their software faster, ...
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Losing a lot of motivation at work. Help? [closed]

For the longest time (about 5 years out of school now), I've been fairly motivated enough to go to work each day and do actual quality work. Lately I've been losing a ton of motivation. I'm starting ...
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How To Explain To My Dad What I have Programmed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My Dad is impatient with the pace of my learning to program. What do I do? I am 14 and have been studying programming for 4 months now (3 months Python, 1 Month of ...
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Motivation Problems, Middle School Programmer [closed]

I'm in middle school at the moment and have been programming for about a year and a half. I mostly work with Python and Ruby, and am currently learning Rails. I know, you can never learn enough, it ...
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Should I take on this very large project idea? [closed]

The last month I have had idea of a very large project to take as a software hobby/potential business project - simply because I saw some "vision" of a great tool if this would be done. The idea ...
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How do you create interest in your projects? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ideas to get you programming mojo back? Its almost 10 years for me working in Java based applications (mainly on Web). Sometimes I feel really bored of the regular ...
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Is it possible to speed-read code well?

Sometimes we have huge code listings to deal with, and I'm curious as to how the advanced, highly skilled programmers read code. And I'll say with an emphasis on debugging and finding issues.
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Ideas to get you programming mojo back? [closed]

I've been a professional programmer for many many years (20 years) and now I've lost interest, at the moment I have trouble even knocking out a few 100 lines of simple stuff. It will take me 3-4 days ...
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How do you prevent getting stuck in “research-mode” on a big project you're unfamiliar with?

I'm in a situation where there's a big project that I need a lot of background know-how to accomplish. yet I'm not moving fast enough in the research/study phase - and seeing myself off-track ...
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Where should I start on a large concurrent programming assignment?

My task is to implement a distributed semaphore system (links to description) and an application for it. I will be using Java sockets, and it will use watermark arrays and priority queues (not sure ...
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Is it normal to want some appreciation and acknowledgement? [closed]

I work for a Multi-national product development organization. I work directly for the person who established the Indian wing of the organization. I work incredibly hard and try to do the best ...
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Reasons for the build-technological fork between Java and UNIX/C/Fortran

When Java was developed, it's designers chose to discard an unusual amount of the conventional wisdom established in the UNIX and C oriented toolchains. For one (and in my view) the most major ...
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Exploiting creativity with “free time”

Some companies have discovered, to their surprise and profit, that programmers are very creative people. I think of Google and Atlassian, for example, who allow regular (monthly, I believe) "free ...
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How do you tackle really bizarre errors that keep you puzzled for more than 10 hours? [closed]

You know them, those errors that make NO sense. Where it seems like a gremlin just jumped deep inside your chips and messed up something. Do you take a walk, write stuff, call an uncle? I need help!!
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How to keep up your motivation all day long [closed]

This might be a bit subjective and maybe that's a problem here, but I'm asking my question anyway :) Also, I found similiar questions (but none, answered my question), so you don't need to remind me ...
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How to motivate someone(including myself) not to give up learning something? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I motivate myself to start learning more? It's always interesting to learn something new - operating system, programming language, framework and so on. But the ...
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If I finish one project, should I wait until the next day to start another one or begin right away? [closed]

There are some days where I feel like I get a lot done. I've finished deploying my most recent project and cleared everything from my TODO list, and still have some time left in my day. I DO have a ...
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Lost Interest in Programming [closed]

I am a computer science student currently in my 2nd year of bachelors. My problem is pretty straight forward yet still so far has not been self-resolvable. It is simply is that I am tired of ...
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Psychological problems - overcoming shyness and boredom? [closed]

I have been programing for about 11 months. I've learned some things,and evaded some. I know some advanced things and I don't know some basic stuff. I easily get bored with programing when I program ...
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i am “scared” to learn a new language

I have be developing in c# for the last about the last 8 years. I feel that i am quite experienced and knowledgeable in the whole .net platform. I have got to the point where i want to start learning ...
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How to make Classic ASP interesting if you are stuck with it?

I used to work on a really small outsourcing company (4 programmers and the boss), then when the stress and the frequent long shifts made the situation unbearable I made the switch to a better paid ...
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Could an internal rep, voting and badges encourage good programming practices?

Just thinking out aloud - we programmers love all this voting/badges/rep stuff so could a scheme like this be introduced into a companies code review process to encourage better coding. Something ...
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How do you keep yourself motivated? [closed]

Sometimes self -learning a particular language from books can make u feel bored and even you feel discouraged to learn more. What as a source of encouragement or motivation did you use while trying to ...
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What is the reason most people have predetermined fear of programming & how should skilled make them fearless? [duplicate]

When it comes to programming most people (non-programmers or sys_eng) react like you're calling them to publicly speak in front of 10^6 people. How would you as a programmer convince someone at least ...
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Motivation for a development team?

In two and half months I have successfully brought a team from the brink of doom to being a successful development team. The project is a using new .net technologies (MVC, EF), has new tools, and the ...
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How to give the sense of a team that is fragmented based on projects? [closed]

The software engineering team of which I am part of is approximately 7 strong located in adjacent cubicles. 3 of us work on the same project but the rest are working on their own on different ...
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Increase motivation in Our Project's Wiki with achievements?

We are currently running a mediawiki for our developers, and most developers are not adding entries if they find something to document. Instead they mail it to a list containing all developers, and ...
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How can I stay focused and motivated on a project?

I'm working on starting my own software development business, but I've noticed that I have major issues getting projects out by their deadlines, and in general getting them out of the "almost-done" ...
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Why would I care about the asymptotic growth of the lower bound of the worst case time/space?

In mathematics, there are notations for asymptotic lower bounds, upper bounds, and tight (within-a-constant-factor) bounds. When describing the growth of functions in general, it makes sense that all ...
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Where do you find motivation when working for someone else? [closed]

This answer to one of my recent questions got me thinking about something that's been (mostly subconsciously until recently) troubling me throughout my programming career. Basically: where do you ...
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How do you keep enthusiam up when working on an overwhelming project? [closed]

When I'm working on a complex / large programming project and I get overwhelmed or lost, I often lose motivation and just don't have the energy to really dig into the problem once again to figure it ...
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Is listing developer's full names in splash screen or about box still a widely spread and desirable practice?

Just like in the closing credits of movies, some software vendors list the full names of the team that worked on the piece of software you are using. They are usually displayed in the splash screen ...
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Motivation and practical learning [duplicate]

I'm a newcomer to StackExchange and this seems a very good place to ask my question, that's been wandering in my head for a few months. Currently I'm 22, I'm studying a BS of Computer Science in the ...