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 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 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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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 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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What do you do to remain productive when working on your own?

I find working in isolation, on a piece of code that won't be seen by anyone else for weeks, draining. I'm looking for ideas to try to keep myself productive and motivated. What do you do to remain ...
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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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I've had some free time at work during maintenance releases, but all I do is surf the Internet

I'm really having trouble with this, since it is the perfect opportunity to learn something new, begin a personal project... essentially do just about anything, but all I do is surf the Internet. I ...
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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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Motivating developers in a project perceived as dull?

As a manager, I can't always end up generating work that'd be cutting edge. Some of the projects do run on maintenance mode, and generate a healthy free cash flow for the company. As a developer ...
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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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Motivating yourself to actually write the code after you've designed something

Does it happen only to me or is this familiar to you too? It's like this: You have to create something; a module, a feature, an entire application... whatever. It is something interesting that you ...
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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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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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Inspiring People [closed]

So I work with a few people that I feel are intelligent but don't seem to be working out well. After working with them for a while I have seen the flashes of brilliance but mostly I see a reliance on ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Project In A Week / development bootcamp [closed]

Our team is thinking of doing a "Project In A Week" (bootcamp), and I'm interested to know if anyone else has experience of doing this or has any advice? The idea behind it is to get away from the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Sharing programming fees with a fellow software developer

My question relates to how I should share the fees paid by clients to me and a fellow programmer, both of whom are freelancers. I've thought of a few options, but I'm in a dilemma as to which one ...
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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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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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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 learn from open source

I see this problem quite often. I like a certain value proposition of an open-source project. I try out the basic tutorials. Great. It works! But if I move on to more complex problems, I spend hours ...
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I love programming but never get projects started

I read this question and the most voted answer and said to myself "Those things are what I want to do! But why the heck I'm not doing it?" The problem here is that I can't get anything started. I ...
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Managers X Motivation

As a programmer what do you think that is the thing that your manager does that mostly decreases your motivation? My manager insists in blocking web content (this week was msdn content and Microsoft ...
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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 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 to enter flow experience for SW development? [closed]

What are your strategies to improve the flow experience when doing work?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to build a team of people not working together? [closed]

I am in charge of a group of about 30 software development experts and architects. While these people are co-located in the companies organization chart, they do not really feel as a team. This is due ...
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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 ...