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An exploration of individual personality types in software development

Yilmaz, Murat and O'Connor, Rory and Clarke, Paul (2014) An exploration of individual personality types in software development. In: 21th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement (EuroSPI 2014), 25-27 June 2014, Luxembourg.

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Previous research - using conventional psychometric questionnaires - has highlighted the importance of aligning compatible personality types in software development teams. However, there does not exist a dedicated, robust questionnaire instrument for revealing the pertinent personality types for software development practitioners. This study analyzes the validity and reliability of a 70-item (context dependent) personality-profiling questionnaire particularly developed to assess personality types of software practitioners. A systematic process of validation, using an iterative approach to questionnaire development, was employed. The questions were developed both with a qualitative analysis of interview data, and based on the opinions of expert reviewers who revised the items through a set of examination. To investigate how stable the questions and reproducible the results, we measured test-retest reliability of the instrument, yielding satisfactory results. The present study provided evidence for the construct validity of the instrument. Ultimately, an initial comparison of the results delivered by the instrument demonstrated positive correlations with the findings acquired with well- known personality assessment instrument, i.e. the big five personality questionnaire.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Software Developers Personalities; Personality Proling; Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); Questionnaire Validation
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement. Communications in Computer and Information Science 425. Springer Verlag.
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Copyright Information:© 2014 Springer-Verlag The original publication is available at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20013
Deposited On:30 Jun 2014 14:31 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 04 Feb 2016 11:52

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