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Motivation of Software Engineers: A Qualitative Case Study of a R&D Organisation
A. César C. França, Ana C. M. L. de Araújo, Fabio Q. B. da Silva
Center of Informatics, Federal University of Pernambuco
Abstract - Understanding motivation of software engineers has important implications for industrial practice. This complex construct seems to be affected by diverse environmental conditions and can affect multiple dimensions of work effectiveness. In this article, we present a grounded theory that describes the motivation of software engineers working in a not-for-profit private research and development organisation. We carried out a holistic case study for seven months, using structured interviews, diary studies, and documental analysis for data collection, and grounded theory techniques for data analysis and synthesis. The results point to task variety and technical challenges as the main drivers of motivation, and inequity and high workload (caused by poor estimations in the software process) as the main obstacles to motivation in the organisation.
Paper presented at 6th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE 2013) ICSE 2013 Workshop, San Francisco, United States, May, 2013