Personality Profiles of Software Engineers and Their Software Quality Preferences

Personality Profiles of Software Engineers and Their Software Quality Preferences

Arif Raza (Department of Computer Software Engineering, National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan), Luiz Fernando Capretz (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada) and Zaka Ul-Mustafa (Department of Electrical Engineering, National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/ijissc.2014070106
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Studies related to human aspects in software engineering (SE) have been performed from different perspectives. These perspectives include the study of human factors in different phases of software life cycle, effect of team performance in software development, how can a personality trait suit a particular task, and about some other miscellaneous issues. This research work aims to establish personality profiles of Pakistani software engineers using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument. This survey has collected personality profiles of 110 software engineers. Moreover, their preferences of software quality attributes have also been collected. Analysis of the study shows that the most prominent personality type is a combination of introversion, sensing, thinking and judging. Investigative results indicate that most of the software engineers consider usability and functionality as the most important software quality attributes.
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Many empirical studies have been conducted to investigate the relationship between MBTI and software engineers. Most of them indicated ISTJ as the most frequent personality type. In a study which involved 58 software professionals, Bush and Schkade (1985) found ISTJ (25%) as the most common personality type, followed by INTJ (16%), and ENTP (9%). Results of Buie (1988) indicated ISTJ (19%), INTP (15%) and INTJ (13%) based on the data collected from 47 scientific computer professionals. ESFJ (0%), ISFP (0%) and ENTP (0%) were however under-represented. The most frequent types in the sample of 37 systems analysts as studied by Smith (1989) were ISTJ (35%) and ESTJ (30%). Lyons (1985) survey of 1229 software professionals from over 100 companies found ISTJ (23%) to be the most common type, INTJ (15%) to be the second, closely followed by INTP (12%).

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