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The Influence of Personality on Software Quality - A Systematic Literature Review

Context: Software quality is an important factor for reducing costs or increasing sales of a software developing company. Humans are involved in the whole software development process. This suggests that human factors have an influence on the result of the development process.

Aim: We aimed to understand which distinct human factors or personality traits have an influence on which distinct software quality attributes.

Method: For this purpose, we conducted a Systematic Literature Review following the guidelines of Kitchenham and Charters.

Results: Existing studies show a link between human factors or personality types and Software quality in general. There were only two studies which mentioned an influence on distinct software quality aspects: Extraversion influences decomposition, modularization, testability, functionality, re-usability and programming style. Personality in general influences memory consumption and runtime.

Conclusions: We expected to find more such links but research conducted until now is far from being sufficient to provide a strong basis for making clear statements on the link between the personality of a software engineer and distinct software quality attributes.

Erica Weilemann
Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences
Germany

Philipp Brune
Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences
Germany

 


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