Morale killers


Working as a software developer is no fun. One is constantly bombarded with problems that is out side the technical boundary. One unnecessarily spends time on problems other than the one is supposed to solve.

There are plenty of things that kills the developers morale. The management needs to avoid them if they are in real need of getting things done.

  • Asking developers to do meaningless task
  • Having phony deadlines for the projects
  • Having long and meaningless meetings
  • Not recognizing the work
  • Providing no motivation
  • Petty office politics
  • Not having trust on the team
  • Spoiling the team structure
  • Not giving developers responsibilities
  • Ignoring them



7 Responses to “Morale killers”

  1. 1 Timothy Johnson August 9, 2007 at 6:16 am

    These are all great and relevant items. One of the things that I charge my clients, project teams, and students alike is – when faced with these kinds of issues – what can you take ownership of to gain small victories? For example, if management won’t recognize you, what can you do to recognize your co-workers? If you see “petty office politics” occurring, can you document the behaviors and proactively determine strategies to thwart the politicians next time around? Just a few thoughts. I know it’s hard to concentrate when you’re the one in the trenches… and it’s not just confined to developers. Awesome post.

  2. 2 gp April 26, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Having phony deadlines for the projects…and office politics tops my list. We are just trying to make some money, but these buggers will kill us.

  3. 3 Karthi April 23, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    Lisa, that’s the better option. To concentrate on +ve sides. But we people are emotional and get bogged down by the emotional impact this has on our mind.

  4. 4 Karthi April 23, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Rama, people are same everywhere..

  5. 5 Mellowdrama April 18, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    haha we have a lot in common and I am not a software developer:)

  6. 6 Lisa Saline April 12, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    I agree. One must stay focused on the positive task at hand. Get away from the negative and you will shine.

  7. 7 pegasus April 11, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    i totally agree with u

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