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Use of personality tests in empirical software engineering studies: A review of ethical issues
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8177-4355
2019 (English)In: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, Association for Computing Machinery , 2019, p. 237-242Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There has been a lot of research on personality and its impact on software engineering practice. These studies use different psychological tests to identify personality types of software practitioners. The administration of these tests requires expertise. As the humans are involved, other ethical issues, such as consent, also become important. In this study, we evaluated a small sample of 15 studies that used a psychological test Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) in a software engineering context with respect to different ethical issues related to informed consent, qualification of the test administrators and the use of appropriate tests. The results show that most of the studies in our sample seriously lack with respect to various ethical issues. © 2019 Association for Computing Machinery.

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Association for Computing Machinery , 2019. p. 237-242
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Empirical software engineering, Ethical issues, Personality tests, Philosophical aspects, Testing, Myers-Briggs Type Indicators, Personality types, Psychological tests, Software engineering practices, Software practitioners, Software testing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-17894DOI: 10.1145/3319008.3319032Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064733070ISBN: 9781450371452 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-17894DiVA, id: diva2:1316775
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23rd Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering Conference, EASE; Copenhagen, 14 April 2019 through 17 April 2019
Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-05-21 Last updated: 2019-05-21Bibliographically approved

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