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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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The Basics

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

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Technically high-risk requirements

Unrealistic, not anchored in what is possible.

High-risk schedule

Generated by market; not realistic or (often) technically feasible.

Staffing

Not just head count, but skill level and applicable experience.

Resources

Hardware, software, communications systems, and infrastructure. ...

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