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What makes you the most productive as a Developer?

Survey period: 16 Aug 2021 to 23 Aug 2021

Small things can make a big difference.

OptionVotes% 
A fast, powerful machine32842.16
Solid chunks of uninterrupted time to work61679.18
Clear directions, specs, thoughts, ideas. Just point me in the right direction!48762.60
A good office setup: good chair, enough monitor real estate, endless caffeine25833.16
A good team to work with27535.35
Training. As much as I need11815.17
Good, supported tools (IDEs, components, bug tracking, DevOps etc)34344.09
IT support. The more I have to work on the OS, DB, tools, deploy etc, the less I get done10513.50
An occasional thank you25332.52
Other273.47
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%



 
GeneralNon-intrusive, pragmatic management Pin
PeterKM21-Aug-21 11:36
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GeneralClear, simple, straightforward examples of software Pin
Member 327835520-Aug-21 18:24
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Generalmost important Pin
Member 1085647118-Aug-21 9:49
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GeneralRe: most important Pin
PeterKM21-Aug-21 11:28
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GeneralOther Pin
AnotherKen17-Aug-21 15:04
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GeneralI like to work in a team that... Pin
rallets17-Aug-21 9:38
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GeneralCaffeine, Caffeine, Caffeine, Caffeine Pin
JohaViss6116-Aug-21 22:53
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GeneralRe: Caffeine, Caffeine, Caffeine, Caffeine Pin
Daniel Pfeffer17-Aug-21 0:17
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Jay Bardeleben17-Aug-21 3:09
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CodeZombie6217-Aug-21 3:29
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Generaland ... meetings ... the fewer the better ... shorter ... Pin
BillWoodruff16-Aug-21 13:17
mveBillWoodruff16-Aug-21 13:17 
GeneralRe: and ... meetings ... the fewer the better ... shorter ... Pin
Jacquers16-Aug-21 23:11
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GeneralRe: and ... meetings ... the fewer the better ... shorter ... Pin
Kirk 1038982117-Aug-21 6:54
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Decades ago, I was an intern at Dow Chemical in Midland Michigan.
What a great experience. I Learned a few things about meetings.

1) If you don't send out a summary of the goals. They will cancel the meeting.
2) If you don't take minutes, in real time, and assign Actions during the meeting, they will not let you run another meeting. Wow. This has stayed with me for life.
3) There must be a time keeper who has the ability to "Side-Line" any conversation.
This person is separate from someone taking notes
4) At the end of the meeting, the actions, who they are assigned to, and a rough expectation of when they are needed by is read off. Later an email is sent with the summary, minutes, and actions.

While it sounds like a lot of overhead. OMG, it changed my life.

The final lesson. Don't dress up to deliver the meeting. They made me lose my tie! (The only reason to dress up the presenter is that the content cannot be the star!)

That internship changed my life. To this day, I run meetings like that (small adjustments), actions are always done in real-time and sent out quickly. And the meetings are kept short (usually) because we offline "deep" stuff that the group only needs a high-level appreciation of, and we allow people to request to be inside of those discussions (if they ask).

I am hoping you can make some of this work for you!

GeneralUninterrupted time is scarce Pin
kmoorevs16-Aug-21 10:20
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GeneralRegarding a powerful machine Pin
ronlease16-Aug-21 4:11
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GeneralRe: Regarding a powerful machine Pin
Greg Utas16-Aug-21 7:51
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ronlease18-Aug-21 2:17
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Nelek16-Aug-21 8:14
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ronlease18-Aug-21 2:18
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stheller217-Aug-21 2:31
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GeneralRe: Regarding a powerful machine Pin
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stheller217-Aug-21 4:18
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Dan Neely19-Aug-21 10:15
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ronlease18-Aug-21 2:18
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stheller218-Aug-21 6:30
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