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An empirical investigation of personality traits of software testers

Kanij, Tanjila, Merkel, Robert and Grundy, John 2015, An empirical investigation of personality traits of software testers, in CHASE 2015: Proceedings from the Internation Workshop of Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering, IEEE, Piscataway, N.J., pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1109/CHASE.2015.7.

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Title An empirical investigation of personality traits of software testers
Author(s) Kanij, Tanjila
Merkel, Robert
Grundy, JohnORCID iD for Grundy, John orcid.org/0000-0003-4928-7076
Conference name Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering. Workshop (8th : 2015 : Florence, Italy)
Conference location Florence, Italy
Conference dates 18 May. 2015
Title of proceedings CHASE 2015: Proceedings from the Internation Workshop of Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2015
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Summary Software testing is the process of an execution based investigation of some aspects of the software's quality. The efficiency of the process depends on the methods and technologies used, but crucially also on the human testers. Software testers typically attempt to anticipate and expose ways software may be defective, a fundamentally different task set to those of other software development practitioners. This raises the question of whether the personality of software testers may be different to other people involved in software development. To test this hypothesis, we collected personality profiles using the big five factor model of around 200 software development practitioners. Analysis of this data indicates that software testers are significantly higher on the conscientiousness factor than other software development practitioners, while other factors remain broadly consistent.
ISBN 9781479919345
Language eng
DOI 10.1109/CHASE.2015.7
Field of Research 080309 Software Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 890202 Application Tools and System Utilities
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, IEEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081677

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