QUORA: How can you inspire programmers to work longer work weeks voluntarily?

Curtis Oden voted up this answer.

Contrary to popular belief, most of us have family, friends, children,
and social lives. We don’t need “motivation” to work long hours, we need you people in management to give us clear, concise, and comprehensive specs (yes, you can do all three), ask us for time estimates based on those specs (because no, you do NOT have the expertise to know how long a particular bit of code should take to write), and then harbor sane expectations.

“This is going to take about 120 man hours” does not mean “we’d like to have 100 man hours, but if you ‘negotiate’ hard we can ‘finish’ in 80
and then spend another 40 in unpaid, salaried overtime because we have nothing better to do”. Programming time is not something you can haggle over, and we are not bored kids who can’t think of anything better to do with our time than work long hours for free.

No, this isn’t an angry, frustrated rant; I work in a company that does
what I described above, and the result is that we finish projects on
time and on budget and we bill clients what the Read more…

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