It's hard to believe that a cheap stuffed toy made in China with your company logo on it isn't enough to motivate the troops. A successful project means motivated developers. But how do you keep them motivated? Jason Tee has five tips, of which two are really worth mentioning:
1. Fire Dead Wood. That's good advice. And we're not simply talking about Machiavellian office politics. Okay, maybe we are. Nothing gets people off Facebook and into the debugger like seeing security walk the guy in the cubicle beside you out the door.
2. Get your developers on new software. As Jason says in the article: "Programmers want to be developing in Java 7, not a seven year old version of Java." Amen to that Jason. Amen to that.