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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Characterizing Software Developers by Perceptions of Productivity
Organization Unit
  • André Meyer
  • Thomas Zimmermann
  • Thomas Fritz
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published electronically before print/final form (Epub ahead of print)
  • English
Event Title International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement
Event Type conference
Event Location Toronto
Event Start Date November 9 - 2017
Event End Date November 10 - 2017
Place of Publication Toronto, CA
Abstract Text Understanding developer productivity is important to deliver software on time and at reasonable cost. Yet, there are numerous definitions of productivity and, as previous research found, productivity means different things to different developers. In this paper, we analyze the variation in productivity perceptions based on an online survey with 413 professional software developers at Microsoft. Through a cluster analysis, we identify and describe six groups of developers with similar perceptions of productivity: social, lone, focused, balanced, leading, and goal-oriented developers. We argue why personalized recommendations for improving software developers’ work is important and discuss design implications of these clusters for tools to support developers’ productivity.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/ESEM.2017.17
Other Identification Number merlin-id:15396
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