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How to Demotivate Me at Work

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How to Demotivate Me at Work

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This a condensed list of things I hate, collected from the past five years of work for multiple software companies. In no special order:

  • Always assign me to projects where I am the only developer.
  • Throw me at unfinished projects where the single developer left the company.
  • Throw me at projects where the massive pre-existent accidental complexity (e.g, stupid technological infrastructure) never gets out of the way.
  • Put technical decision-making on non-technical people's hands.
  • Throw me at crappy, badly “finished” projects that no one understand anymore, just after a critical “milestone” happened (such as a very very angry customer, or a last-minute disaster). Bonus points for letting me solve them without help of other programmers. Add even more extra points for no help from other human beings at all.
  • Move me from project to project, without getting anything really finished.
  • Put more attention on how do I work than on what I produce. Disclaimer: This is not a targeted critic against my current employer (or an specific past employer). As far as I know, this kind of shit happens, almost everywhere. But I would really like to work on a different world. Can we change it?