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Peopleware Papers: Notes on the Human Side of Software, The by Larry L. Constantine

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Chapter 59. Gifted Programmers

It has been a long year. Month after month you have worked hard to deliver on project promises, and so have the programmers on your team. You are starting to think about year-end bonuses. It is the season for gifts—Winter Solstice, Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza, or plain-vanilla New Year's—the celebrations seem to come tumbling one after another. What do you give your high-performing programmers to let them know you appreciate them? More generally, what do you do to recognize, reward, and motivate your applications and software developers? That was essentially the question posed from the audience on one speaking tour I did in Australia with industry luminaries Rob Thomsett and Ed Yourdon. It got us all to thinking ...

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