According to a new study of Cuban software developers finds that more developers are ESTJ than anything else… which means… developers are social, or more social than the stereotype!
The aim of this study was to establish the personality profile of Cuban software engineers according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Analysis of the study shows that the most prominent personality type is a combination of extroversion, sensing, thinking and judging.
Human factors in software engineering have different dimensions. Studies have been conducted from different perspectives. These perspectives could be the study of human factors in different phases of the software life cycle, or the effect of teamwork on software development, or how a personality profile can suit a particular task or about some other miscellaneous issues.
Although 20 years ago software developers (systems analysts and programmers) had the lowest need for social interaction on the job, at present, human resource professionals responsible for hiring software engineers state that in addition to knowledge in applied computing and business, it is also very important that software professionals have the capacity to learn, ability to work in teams, oral and written communications skills and an orientation toward health and well-being. In short, adaptability, communication and stress management are seen as key skills for software engineers nowadays. Yet, such skills are not developed through logic and algebraic reasoning alone; they involve soft areas of intuition, feelings and senses.
In this study, the most prominent personality type was a combination of extroversion, sensing, thinking and judging. For example, ESTJs are known as being practical and realistic individuals; they lead people and make things happen and, thus, are more likely to rise to management positions. At present, planning, management and analysis are more dominant tasks than programming, and client-developer interaction is also required. Even selected software development methodologies tend to be agile, which means that programmers must be communicative and receptive. It is, therefore, possible that future studies will show extroverts more widely distributed than introverts in the software industry.
Wow. I wonder if there are cultural implications here… take a peek at the full study below: