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Re: Re: (OT) Motivating the Unmotivated Programmer

by Fengor (Pilgrim)
on Jan 17, 2002 at 15:17 UTC ( #139476=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: (OT) Motivating the Unmotivated Programmer
in thread (OT) Motivating the Unmotivated Programmer

I fully agree with coreolyn. After what i read in Ovid's description this guy needs the stick to get going but if he's going then put the stick away and the carrots out...
I know the situation very well from myself (i have to admit, that i tend to be the same type of lazy programmer). As long as I'm not under pressure / dead line I tend to put things up till I have to absolutely do them now.

My tips for you are:

  • Keep him focused! - Don't let him put up things. When it's out of sight he'll forget about them
  • Give him interesting problems to solve - If he's like me he will surely take the bait. So give him a problem that absolutely requires something his code lacks of (e.g. data validation)
  • Give him feedback - Either good or bad it doesn't matter cause nothing is duler than work for which you won't get a feedback
Hope this helps you a bit

"May you live in Interesting Times"
-- Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"

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[LanX]: never liked it, but a friend of my mother was a big "fan" of Mr T xD
[LanX]: (talking about minority chicks)
[LanX]: Hollywood is built on stereotypes which sell, this includes stereotypes about English, French, russians and ... Americans
[Your Mother]: I think to some degree, maybe a large one, the stereotypes are purely products OF Hollywood and not what would sell best.
[LanX]: well those products which sold best are replicated
[Your Mother]: They get almost everything wrong on every level. I think they create and restrict the market and fundamentally misunderstand audiences.
[Your Mother]: Consider how long, for example, superhero movies were kept at bay because they weren't commercially viable. They always were, just Hollywood couldn't see it or understand how to make one because there is no management talent in the town.
[LanX]: Erich von Strohheim built his career on beeing the most hated guy (The man you love to hate)
[Your Mother]: You see these amazing set, costumes, performances, etc, etc, etc all ruined by production and script decisions from the top down.
[LanX]: well ... the traget audiance is 15-25

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