7. Motivating Programmers

Chapter 5 discussed the various facets of managing programmers. One of them—being able to actually motivate them to accomplish great feats and deliver difficult projects—is so important to managing effectively that this chapter is devoted to this single topic. You can be good at this and passable at most of the rest of the topics in this book and still be a great software manager. If, however, you are not good at motivating your staff, you will not likely succeed as a software manager.

With that in mind, it is important that you relate the information presented in this chapter to your own experience and blend the two into a method and style that will work for you. We encourage you to seriously consider the manner in ...

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