CHASE 2024
Sun 14 - Mon 15 April 2024 Lisbon, Portugal
co-located with ICSE 2024

Context: Scholars in the software engineering (SE) research community have investigated career advancement in the software industry. Research topics have included how individual and external factors can impact career mobility of software professionals, and how gender affects career advancement. However, the community has yet to look at career mobility from the lens of accessibility. Specifically, there is a pressing need to illuminate the factors that hinder the career mobility of blind and low vision software professionals (BLVSPs).

Objective: This study aims to understand aspects of the workplace that impact career mobility for BLVSPs.

Methods: We interviewed 26 BLVSPs with different roles, years of experience, and industry sectors. Thematic analysis was used to identify common factors related to career mobility.

Results: We found four factors that impacted the career mobility of BLVSPs: (1) technical challenges, (2) colleagues’ perceptions of BLVSPs, (3) BLVSPs’ own perceptions on managerial progression, and (4) BLVSPs’ investment in accessibility at the workplace.

Conclusion: We suggest implications for tool designers, organizations, and researchers towards fostering more accessible workplaces to support the career mobility of BLVSPs.

Mon 15 Apr

Displayed time zone: Lisbon change

16:00 - 17:30
Career development and role models in Software Engineering / Conference ClosingShort Papers / Full Papers at Fernando Pessoa
Chair(s): Birgit Penzenstadler Chalmers
Characterizing Role Models in Software Practitioners' Career: An Interview StudyShort Paper
Short Papers
Mary Sánchez-Gordón Østfold University College, Ricardo Colomo-Palacios Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Alex Sánchez
DOI Pre-print
Understanding the Career Mobility of Blind and Low Vision Software ProfessionalsFull Paper
Full Papers
Yoonha Cha University of California, Irvine, Victoria Jackson University of California, Irvine, Isabela Figueira , Stacy Branham University of California, Irvine, Andre van der Hoek University of California, Irvine
What's Personality Got to Do with It? A Case Study on the Impact of Personality on Requirements Engineering-related ActivitiesFull Paper
Full Papers
Dulaji Hidellaarachchi Monash University, John Grundy Monash University, Rashina Hoda Monash University, ingo Mueller Monash University
Day opening
Conference Closing
Full Papers
S: Maria Teresa Baldassarre Department of Computer Science, University of Bari