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Investigating the relationship between personalities and agile team climate of software professionals in a telecom company
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0983-8817
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering. Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0449-5322
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science.
2020 (English)In: Information and Software Technology, ISSN 0950-5849, E-ISSN 1873-6025, Vol. 126, article id 106335Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context: Previous research found that the performance of a team not only depends on the team personality composition, but also on the interactive effects of team climate. Although investigationon personalities associated with software development has been an active research area over the past decades, there has been very limited research in relation to team climate.

Objective: Our study investigates the association between the five factor model personality traits(openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism) and the factors related to team climate (team vision, participative safety, support for innovation and task orientation) within the context of agile teams working in a telecom company.

Method: A survey was used to gather data on personality characteristics and team climate perceptions of 43 members from eight agile teams. The data was initially used for correlation analysis; then, regression models were developed for predicting the personality traits related toteam climate perception.

Results: We observed a statistically significant positive correlation between agreeableness and participative safety (r = 0.37), and also between openness to experience and support for innovation(r = 0.31). Additionally, agreeableness was observed to be positively correlated with overall team climate (r = 0.35). Further, from regression models, we observed that personality traits accountedto less than 15% of the variance in team climate.

Conclusion: A person’s ability to easily get along with team members (agreeableness) has a significant positive influence on the perceived level of team climate. Results from our regression analysis suggest that further data may be needed, and/or there are other human factors, in addition to personality traits, that should also be investigated with regard to their relationship with team climate. Overall, the relationships identified in our study are likely to be applicable to organizations within the telecommunications domain that use scrum methodology for software development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 126, article id 106335
Keywords [en]
personality traits, team climate, correlation, regression, agile software development
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Software Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-18736DOI: 10.1016/j.infsof.2020.106335ISI: 000573271800015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-18736DiVA, id: diva2:1358560
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Knowledge FoundationAvailable from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2023-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Which Abilities and Attitudes Matter Most?: Understanding and Investigating Capabilities in Industrial Agile Contexts
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Which Abilities and Attitudes Matter Most?: Understanding and Investigating Capabilities in Industrial Agile Contexts
2019 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Over the past decades, advancements in the software industry and the prevalence of Agile Software Development (ASD) practices have increased the prominence of individual and interpersonal skills. The humancentric nature of ASD practices makes it imperative to identify and to assign a capable professional to a team. While capabilities of professionals influence team performance and lead the path to a project’s success, the area of capability measurement in ASD remains largely unexplored.

Objectives: This thesis aims to aggregate evidence from both the state of the art and practice to understand capability measurement in ASD. Further, to support research and practice towards composing agile teams, this thesis also investigates the effects of capability measures on team-level aspects (team performance and team climate) within industrial contexts.

Method: A mixed-methods approach was employed to address the thesis’ objectives. A Systematic Literature Review (SLR) and an industrial survey were conducted to identify and gather evidence in relation to individual and team capability measures, which are pertinent to ASD context. A case study and another industrial survey were carried out to provide insights and extend support towards agile team composition.

Results: Our SLR results showed that a major portion of former studies discussed capability measures in relation to affective, communication, interpersonal and personal aspects. Results from our survey also aligned with these findings, where, measures associated with the aforementioned aspects were observed to be widely known to practitioners and were also perceived by them as highly relevant in ASD contexts. Our case study conducted at a small-sized organization revealed multiple professional capability measures to be affecting team performance. Whereas, our survey conducted at a large-sized organization identified an individual’s ability to easily get along with other team members (agreeableness personality trait) to have a significant positive influence on the person’s perceived level of team climate.

Conclusion: In this thesis, the empirical evidence gathered by employing mixed-methods and examining diverse organizational contexts, contributed towards better realization of capability measurement in ASD. In order to extend support towards team composition in ASD, this thesis presents two approaches. The first approach is based on developing an agile support tool that coordinates capability assessments and team composition. The second approach is based on establishing team climate forecasting models that can provide insights about how the perceived level of climate within a team would vary based on its members’ personalities. However, in order to improve both approaches, it is certainly necessary to examine the effects of diverse capability measures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2019
Series
Blekinge Institute of Technology Licentiate Dissertation Series, ISSN 1650-2140 ; 13
National Category
Software Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-18753 (URN)978-91-7295-386-4 (ISBN)
Presentation
2019-11-20, J1630, BTH, Karlskrona, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-10-22 Created: 2019-10-16 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved

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