How personality diversity influences team performance in student software engineering teams

Vreda Pieterse, Mpho Leeu, M.C.J.D. van Eekelen

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Abstract

Developing software is a team project that does not only rest on technologies and methodologies used, human aspects also play a pivotal role in the success of team projects. We investigate the impact of personality diversity on the success of short-lived student teams who develop software. We define a measurement of personality diversity in terms of personality types using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality dimensions. We observe the ratios of students in our cohort belonging to each of the four personality dimensions. Team success is measured in terms of team synergy and the quality of the end product. We hypothesise that diversity in a team is positively correlated with team synergy and the quality of their deliverable. We discuss the factors that may have contributed to our failure to confirm our hypotheses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 Conference on Information Communications Technology and Society (ICTAS)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
Place of PublicationRed Hook, NY
PublisherIEEE
Chapter11
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538610015
ISBN (Print)9781538665626
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Event2018 Conference on Information Communications Technology and Society - Durban, South Africa
Duration: 8 Mar 20189 Mar 2018

Conference

Conference2018 Conference on Information Communications Technology and Society
Abbreviated titleICTAS
CountrySouth Africa
CityDurban
Period8/03/189/03/18

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    Pieterse, V., Leeu, M., & van Eekelen, M. C. J. D. (2018). How personality diversity influences team performance in student software engineering teams. In 2018 Conference on Information Communications Technology and Society (ICTAS): Proceedings IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICTAS.2018.8368749