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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title An Exploratory Study of Productivity Perceptions in Software Teams
Organization Unit
  • Anastasia Ruvimova
  • Alexander Lill
  • Jan Gugler
  • Lauren Howe
  • Elaine Huang
  • Gail Murphy
  • Thomas Fritz
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
ISBN 978-1-4503-9221-1
Page Range 1 - 13
Event Title International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'22)
Event Type conference
Event Location Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Event Start Date May 22 - 2022
Event End Date May 27 - 2022
Place of Publication Pittsburgh, PA
Publisher ACM
Abstract Text Software development is a collaborative process requiring a careful balance of focused individual effort and team coordination. Though questions of individual productivity have been widely examined in past literature, less is known about the interplay between developers' perceptions of their own productivity as opposed to their team’s. In this paper, we present an analysis of 624 daily surveys and 2899 self-reports from 25 individuals across five software teams in North America and Europe, collected over the course of three months. We found that developers tend to operate in fluid team constructs, which impacts team awareness and complicates gauging team productivity. We also found that perceived individual productivity most strongly predicted perceived team productivity, even more than the amount of team interactions, unplanned work, and time spent in meetings. Future research should explore how fluid team structures impact individual and organizational productivity.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/3510003.3510081
Other Identification Number merlin-id:22188
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