asked on stackoverflow.com http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1272003/what-is-the-best-worst-end-of-project-reward-youve-ever-received/1280977#1280977
The most memorable reward I've received for completing a project was a move to an office (I'm a little claustrophobic), in talking with other IT people, it's usually not monetary rewards that we value the most, it the feeling of successfully delivering something. What was the most important/motivational reward you've received and the least (the least important to me was a trophy). Perhaps the smart managers will find this list and use it.
My response: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1272003/what-is-the-best-worst-end-of-project-reward-youve-ever-received/1280977#1280977
My best reward - one time I asked Ross Quinlan http://www.rulequest.com/Personal/ "Why didn't you just make a relational version of decison trees instead of making a relational version of decision lists" since he is a well known expert on decision trees.
He didn't seem to come up with a good answer, so I did that as a personal project.http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=larry+watanabe+structural+decision+trees+ijcai&meta=&rlz=1R2ADSA%5FenCA338&aq=f&oq=
I got a trip to Sydney Australia ... met an incredibly beautiful and charming Yugoslavian woman there who begged me "Please don't forget me " ... got invited to Jason Catlett's house http://www.junkbusters.com/aboutus.html for dinner where Stuart Russell entertained us with jazz piano http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart%5FJ.%5FRussell ... and had possibly the worst restaurant meal in my life with Haym Hirsh (African food) http://www.cs.rutgers.edu/~hirsh/ with the best company ... now THAT was probably the best reward for a project completed :)
I can't even remember her name, but I still remember the way she looked.