Software engineers’ perceptions of factors in motivation

Sach, Rien; Sharp, Helen and Petre, Marian (2011). Software engineers’ perceptions of factors in motivation. In: 5th International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2011, 22-23 Sep 2011, Banff, Alberta, Canada.




Recent research suggests that the motivating factors in software engineering are evolving and that our current understanding of motivation in software engineering might be out of date. This paper presents an analysis of semi-structured interviews with 13 professional software engineers. The data suggests that ‘the work’ continues to be enjoyable and that ‘people’ are important, but that ‘obstacles’ really sap the energy of software engineers.

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