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Group developmental psychology and software development performance

Conference paper
Authors Lucas Gren
Kaled Walid Al-Sabbagh
Published in IEEE/ACM 39th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion, ICSE-C 2017. 20-28 May 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina
ISBN 978-1-5386-1589-8
Publisher IEEE
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Language en
Subject categories Software Engineering, Applied Psychology


© 2017 IEEE. Due to the fact that software development is a product of team effort it is important to investigate the influence of group developmental psychology on software development performance. In this case study we wanted to test how performance (i.e. velocity and planning effectiveness) are related to the group's maturity level. We gave the Group Development Questionnaire (the GDQ) to 19 software developers to assess their group maturity (i.e. their progress in their group development) and ran correlation analysis against the development velocity and planning effectiveness (i.e. earned points over planned points). The results show that group maturity is correlated to planning effectiveness but not velocity, meaning that group development is connected to the team's ability to plan well, but not their ability to implement tasks fast.

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