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

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Models of What Motivates People

Several models of what motivates people to work were introduced during the twentieth century. To a large extent, these sought to explain or "model" how humans behaved and why they continued to work, often in spite of situations that were less than attractive to others. While each of the models had valid points, none has been accepted as being complete, correct, and universally applicable. The ones that have been most commonly applied to software professionals are described here.

Maslow’s Model

Maslow’s model proposes that people’s needs are satisfied in a hierarchical manner (Maslow, 1971). In other words, people will work to satisfy the needs at the bottom of the hierarchy first (survival), and once those are satisfied, ...

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