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Rewarding Re-use

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Programmers are traditionally rewarded for the production of code. It is even easier to generate lots of code in Smalltalk than in other languages. Discourage "cut and paste" programming, which shouldn't even qualify as re-use in your measurement system.

It takes less time to "cut and paste" functionality than it does to figure out what something does well enough to re use it effectively. However, the "cut and paste" solution requires double the maintenance effort of the re-use solution.

Peer praise is a better motivator than peer pressure. Encourage informal acknowledgment among team members for particularly effective re-usable components.

Nothing talks like cash, except talking about cash. Many organizations hide bonuses as tightly as they guard salary figures. Make the monetary rewards smaller, but more often, and publicize the heck out of them. Having a monthly $1,000 bonus (with fanfare!) is much more effective than giving out an annual $12,000 bonus to a single top performer, who might be disinclined to publicize such an event.

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