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 do you keep your motivation and enthusiasm for a never ending project? [closed]

At the beginning of a project I tend to finish tasks quickly. However, after a while I start getting bored doing the same thing over and over again. It feels like I am stagnant. How do you keep ...
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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?
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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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How do you stay productive when dealing with extremely badly written code?

I don't have much experience in working in software industry, being self-taught and having participated in open source before deciding to take a job. Now that I work for money, I also have to deal ...
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How to enter flow experience for SW development? [closed]

What are your strategies to improve the flow experience when doing work?
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Would forcing developers to fix at 3 AM the build they broke undermine motivation? [closed]

Breaking the build is a bad thing. Different teams take different measures to encourage their members to avoid breaking the build at all costs. Some measures are moderate. For example Joel Spolsky ...
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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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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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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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How do you stay motivated for hobby projects? [closed]

I started seriously programming as a hobbiest, student and then intern about 4 years ago and I've always done small projects on the side as a learning exercise. Schools over now though, and I spend ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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How to self Motivate technically to put my ideas into execution or just getting a job at MNC like google or microsoft [duplicate]

I mean, How to self Motivate to get a job at google or create another google in future. ,as there is no mentor who can guide me on this topic, so asked it here: I'm a Graduate in BE IT,but with ...
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If you were the manager of a team of 25 developers, how would you motivate them? [closed]

Imagine yourself hired by a new startup backed with few millions coming from venture capitalists. Your mission: organize the development of the next killer app. 25 developers is too much to take ...
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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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Feeling of Despair before programming? [closed]

When I have a programming assignment or some program that I have to start on I sometimes have this feeling of despair, I just do whatever to starting and then I just start feeling like crap, and that ...
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How to motivate team for knowledge sharing sessions

I work in a team with wide range of expertise and experience. I have been trying to introduce weekly knowledge sharing sessions. Sessions of 30-60 min length where everybody gets a chance to present ...
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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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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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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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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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How to fight absentmindedness [closed]

Do you have any problems with loss of concentration, constant relaxation, etc.? How do you solve this problem? For example, when you are coding or learning something - You understand that it's ...
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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 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 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 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 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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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 for programming in a specific language

I'm 21 and didn't go to University and hence completely self-taught from tutorials, screencasts, books etc, but when it came to the decision of what languages to specifically learn, I thought, what's ...
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What is the motivation that makes you to stick with current job? [closed]

There are lot of people who are still working in the same company for more than 10 years. What is the motivation that makes you to stick with current job ?
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I motivate myself to start learning more? [closed]

I've been interested in programming for a while now, and have been slowly, slowly, slowly working on things over the years. However, I don't feel like I've learned much. I've only really stuck with ...
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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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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 ...