“You’re just doing it for the money.” I’ve heard this criticism of technical ideas since, well, ever. It’s laughable, really. If I was coming up with and encouraging the spread of software development ideas for the money: I really suck at the money part so I should stop with the…
Do you: Promote people in hopes that they will perform well at the higher level? Wait until you’ve seen consistent performance at the higher level and…
Getting paid, even a little, makes a big difference
Context Changes Incentives
"Accountability" Shouldn't Be A Dirty Word
If we are going to use ratings as incentives, then we cannot attach financial consequences to ratings. Many organizations assign ratings like…
Let’s assume, just for the moment & until we replace it, that your company has a performance review process. Periodically, maybe once or twice a year…
It’s not all about incentives. Incentives matter. Incentives are one of the key lessons of economics. People don’t just act, they act for reasons. It’s…
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Geek Incentives