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

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The Relative Importance of the Workplace

As in most discussions of motivation and productivity, the workplace itself must be analyzed and designed for the greatest benefit. By workplace, I mean both the physical surroundings and the interactions that occur between management and the software engineers as well as those occurring among the members of the team. Let’s look at a few workplace factors that can affect productivity.

The Physical Workplace

Intuitively, we know that there is some correlation between the physical conditions one works in and the quality of their work product. In the software development arena, at least one study put some numbers in place to back up our intuition (DeMarco and Lister, 1999). Those results used a quartile (that ...

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