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Some background: I'm a project manager at an offshore company. I don't get to choose the people I work with (can't hire or fire people). We are using all sorts of methodologies (agile, scrum, waterfall, RUP, you-name-it). We are holding both weekly and milestone meetings in which we are trying to learn what went wrong/right. So,this is not a question of motivation (my employer is paying them more than fair, they get full employment benefits, etc ), nor one of simply teaching them new skills. This is more about addressing a problem within the mind-set of the average developer.
I've worked with a lot of people both good and bad during the years. There were a few of them exceptional, but most of them were less-than average. Most of the times I'm usually confronted with guys that are getting stuck way to often, guys that are skipping solutions as they are not careful enough to see past their own coding mistakes and guys that are simply drifting away from the tasks to wherever their day-dream takes them.
I was wondering if (and how) can they be determined to properly pay attention to their work, to be able to determine solutions and to unstuck themselves without me having to check on their work 24/7.
I would really love to worry myself that I'm intervening in their work too much, that I'm always giving them the solution without letting them think. But at this point, I can't see this happening
Some ways I've been suggested to try so far are:
1. Make them read “Addison Wesley – Pragmatic Programmer”
and "Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship" – hold periodic meetings for each chapter and discuss what they have learned so far.
2. Hold some sort of "Quick&Great Code of the Week competition", using a new/unknown language for implementation – given that this would be a new language for everyone, this should give me/us an idea over who is missing what.
3. Get the rest of the management team to analyze "a great TED talk about motivation by Dan Pink" and see if we find anything that works for further motivating them.
So, I'm now wondering: is there anything else? would this approach work?"
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Or they are just in the hands of politicians who signed the ACTA?
Now that's an understatement!
You'll understand my (sad) amuzement once I explain some thing about most of that region (Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine etc.). It's rife with politician collusion in Mafia-like organizations at national level. Basically the entire system becomes one big corrupt blob which infiltrates everything: justice, administration, religion, health, economy, education, mass media etc. It's core purpose: making money for the members, mainly by robbing massively from national resources, EU grants, IMF loans, anything and anyhow, without any regard for long term consequences.
Choices for average Joe: A) join the system, leave backbone and scruples at the door; B) don't join the system, lead an honest life, but you'll never get ahead; C) GTFO of the country. Of course there's also D) civil disobedience and protests, but the population in these countries is usually brainwashed by decades, sometimes centuries, of "bread and circus", and sistematically kept out of practice with any kind of stepping out of line.
Even so, in the long term the resources eventually dry up and the shit hits the fan. Now, I'm not gonna throw all those countries in the same basket; each of them has very different circumstances. But the economical crisis has exposed the ugly underbelly of the system and brought the end so much closer, and it's coming to a conclusion soon.
Coming back to topic: adopting ACTA against the interest of the citizens is perfectly natural in such systems, but it's a drop in the ocean. Stuff like that is business as usual in these countries, and they have much bigger issues right now, such as nearing complete collapse of economy, health care, education etc.
What this guy wrote here is totally true, (sadly) especially in my country.
You must have some important (and independent) site which can black-out Internet. ACTA will hit hard on ISP's, it must be a chance that they can put a pop-up Web Page once per day or every few hours explaining to Internet users whats going on? Or they are just in the hands of politicians who signed the ACTA?
good point, but that's exactly my concern above
HINT: Make texts black out like 4chan or display something like reddit...
What do you say? Good Luck
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