On Job Satisfaction

For psychological needs to be satisfied people need: To believe their work is important To have a continuing sense of achievement To receive recognition for their contributions To use a variety of skills To perform well defined tasks To have profession growth opportunities To have some autonomy To have pleasant social interactions (Managing and Leading Software Projects by Richard Fairly)...

April 24, 2017 · 1 min · Markus Ruepp

On Promoting People

A person with a work life of, say, forty years will spend five years working and thirty-five managing. That implies an exceedingly tall, narrow hierarchy. Fifteen percent of the staff is doing work, with eighty-five percent managing. As little as ten percent of the cost could be spent on the workers, with ninety percent going to reward the managers. Even Marx didn’t foresee such top-heaviness of capitalistic structures. (..) But from the corporate perspective, late promotion is a sign of health....

April 16, 2017 · 1 min · Markus Ruepp

On music while working

Many of the everyday tasks performed by professional workers are done in the serial processing center of the left brain. Music will not interfere particularly with this work, since it’s the brain’s holistic right side that digests music. But not all of the work is centered in the left brain. There is that occasional breakthrough that makes you say “Ahah!” (PeopleWare - Productive Teams and People)...

April 16, 2017 · 1 min · Markus Ruepp