The use of MBTI in software engineering

Sach, Rien; Petre, Marian and Sharp, Helen (2010). The use of MBTI in software engineering. In: 22nd Annual Psychology of Programming Interest Group 2010, 19-22 Sep 2010, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

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Abstract

In this paper we evaluate the use of Carl Jungs theories of Psychological Type assessed using the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator in the Software Engineering field. The current level of implementation and its quality is established and the results discussed to provide insight into what we currently know, and suggestions on what could be important to investigate for the future.
Upon gathering MBTI data from a range of sources it is apparent that there is agreement on the types of personalities often discovered inside software engineering. Thinking and judging personality preferences are commonly found, while feeling and perceiving is far less common. This differs substantially from results representative of the American population, and supports the belief that software engineers are more commonly represented by specific types of people.
However, there is discrepancy between four of the 16 types identified in the MBTI, suggesting that there is still some understanding to be gained about personality in software engineering, and we do not by any means know the exact breakdown of types present within the industry.

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