Software engineers have to be taken care

Motivation is the set of reasons that determines one to engage in a particular behavior, as per Wikipedia. Without motivation, humans do not get the impetus to achieve anything in life, let alone career. In a software career, they have to be motivated enough to give their best on development projects – I am not here trying to give the idea that they need to be pampered. All I am saying is that the Project Managers need to understand that each team member is different from the other and hence, they need to be motivated differently.

Abraham Maslow had an interesting theory – Hierarchy of Needs (proposed in 1943!!!) which is very adequate – proof that the basic characteristics of humans have remained more or less similar in the last 70 years.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Hierarchy of Needs

It would be a good idea for the Project Manager to find out where his team members (the ones that report to him) stand in the Hierarchy. Based on the position, the Manager would be able to find out the strings he needs to pull, to get the best out of his team. If a developer is feeling insecure about his/her job, the Manager can have a one-on-one discussion, make the developer feel comfortable in the team. The PM can meet the developer on a regular basis, giving him the assurance so that the doubts can be erased. Similarly, the architect might have a feeling that he/she is not respected in the team. By bringing out the good deeds done in an open team meeting, the PM can give the confidence of the architect a big boost. This can be then replicated by his reportees (probably Team Leads) on their teams and so on.

Why is it such a big deal? Let us face it. A team member who is not motivated is one who can make/break the project. One bad apple in the team is capable of influencing the others in the team as well. Hence, it makes it all the more important for the Manager to take good care of his team.


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4 Responses to “Software engineers have to be taken care”

  1. shikhar Says:

    Very true.

    But for keeping up the motivation what i feel is that every individual has capabilities and aspirations which is unique, So PM’s should know them and provide Work to TM in his/her domain. Where he could put in all this efforts and bring unique business value to the same.

    “As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.”- Robert H. Schuller.

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  3. Priyanka D Says:

    I think this pyramid applies to all humans so what is really needed is that project managers have human skills. As in they need to understand and be able to appreciate and then work with different, unique individuals.

    (Also using good project management apps like DeskAway :p LOL
    Just kidding)

    Good blog.

  4. Puneet Kuthiala Says:

    These are tough times…
    I think understanding is required on both the sides…:)
    Jokes apart…sometime back, I read somewhere, its the companies that people join and its middle managers, that make people leave companies….

    How true.

    I think its good blog, Please keep writing.


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