Are there some references that link personality to external/observable
behaviour of software engineers?

The following experiment tried and failed to obtain
a particular kind of link:

Or simply work on "external/observable" behaviour of software engineers?
By external/observable behaviour, I meant when observing someone
working, can we know her personality?

Kind regards,

Le 2015-02-07 16:07, Luiz Fernando Capretz a écrit :
Dear Huw,

Thank you for your relevant question; I don't see it as criticism at
all. There should be no dogmas in science.

Your statement is right, NT types are abundant among software
developers. But ST types are even more prevalent. Given that there are
more ST than NT types among the general population, the percentage of
NT software engineers stands out.

Nevertheless, there are significant discrepancies in the distributions
and percentages of software engineers across the 16 MBTI types.
Moreover, the software engineering profession has diversified
enormously  in the last 20 years, compared to mainly computational
programming of 30-40 years ago, thus attracting myriad types of people
performing specialized jobs. Those discrepancies tend to be exacerbated.

Now, trying to answer your question....
I am an advocate for cross-disciplinary research and borrowing
perspectives from other areas, which give us the potential to address
important issues in software engineering, thus should be encouraged.
Please take a look at:

However, when it comes to human beings, things get really complicated.
Psychology is there to help us.


Luiz Fernando Capretz

On 06/02/2015 5:30 PM, Huw Lloyd wrote:
Thank you for sharing your work, Luiz.

It's interesting that MBTI remains a strong typological schema.  If I
recall my MBTI distributions correctly, the high percentages of "NT"
personalities represents an impressive concentration.

Perhaps for the sake of this quiet list-serve, are you able to
elaborate on a question I was considering whilst skimming your paper,
please.  In your final considerations, you (collectively) write:

"the amount of research on the effects and influences of personality
in the field is relatively small. The evidence is weak and in many
cases inconclusive. More research is required if we want results that
can influence the practice of software development."

My question is, what influence does personality research in the
contexts of various practices have, i.e. are there examples of
transformative contributions?  I have witnessed personality-based
knowledge being usefully applied at an interpersonal (consulting)
level, but the impression I have is that perhaps you have something
broader in mind (such as interviewing for personality types etc)?

I intend no criticism in the question, I'm merely curious.


On 6 February 2015 at 20:03, Luiz Fernando Capretz <lcapr...@uwo.ca
<mailto:lcapr...@uwo.ca>> wrote:

    Dear Colleagues,

    I thought you’d be interested in a systematic literature review
    on human factors and personalities in software engineering along
    the past 40 years.

    I am providing you with the following article link, which allows
    free access to the article:


    Please use this link to download a personal copy of your article
    if you are interested in that topic; you are also welcome to
    email the link to other colleagues.

    Anyone who clicks on the link until 14^th /March/2015 - no sign
    up or registration is needed - just click and read!

    Luiz Fernando Capretz, Ph.D., P.Eng.
    Professor of Software Engineering
    Assistant Dean (IT & e-Learning)
    Western University
    Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
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