Without getting into the details of motivational theory, we can assume that some phenomena that are part of software projects are de-motivating to the team. You’ll see later in this chapter, in the section Why People Work, why these factors have such a detrimental effect, but for now, Table 9-2 simply presents them with brief explanations (Linberg, 1999).
Table 9-2. Factors That De-Motivate the Development Team
Phase: Development Factor
Technically high-risk requirements
Unrealistic, not anchored in what is possible.
Generated by market; not realistic or (often) technically feasible.
Not just head count, but skill level and applicable experience.
Hardware, software, communications systems, and infrastructure. ...