ESEIW 2022
Sun 18 - Fri 23 September 2022 Helsinki, Finland
Thu 22 Sep 2022 11:35 - 11:55 at Bysa - Session 1A - Behavioral Software Engineering Chair(s): Valentina Lenarduzzi

Background: Soft skills of software professionals (e.g., communication, interpersonal skills) significantly contribute to project and product success.

Aims: We aim to understand (a) what are relevant soft skills in software engineering, (b) how soft skills are related to types of software engineering positions, and (c) how soft skills relate to characteristics of organizations that look for new employees. We focus on organizations in New Zealand, an example of a country with a relatively small but growing software sector characterized by a skills shortage and embedded in a bi-cultural context.

Method: We used a qualitative research method and manually analyzed 530 job adverts from New Zealand’s largest job portal for technology-related positions. We identified soft skills in adverts following an inductive approach, i.e., without a pre-defined set of soft skills.

Results: We found explicit references to soft skills in 82% of analyzed adverts. We identified 17 soft skills and proposed a contextualized software engineering description. Communication-related soft skills are most in demand, regardless of the type of position. Soft skills related to broader human or societal values (e.g., empathy or cultural awareness) or distributed development are not frequently requested. Adverts from recruitment agencies include fewer soft skills. Soft skills do not depend on company size or core business.

Conclusions: Employers explicitly ask for soft skills. Our findings support previous studies that highlight the importance of communication. Characteristics specific to New Zealand do not impact the demand for soft skills. Our findings benefit researchers in human aspects of software engineering and to those responsible for staff, curricula and professional development.

Thu 22 Sep

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11:00 - 12:30
Session 1A - Behavioral Software EngineeringESEM Journal-First Papers / ESEM Technical Papers / ESEM Industry Forum at Bysa
Chair(s): Valentina Lenarduzzi University of Oulu
Relative estimates of software development effort: Are they more accurate or less time-consuming to produce than absolute estimates, and to what extent are they person-independent?
ESEM Journal-First Papers
Magne Jørgensen SimulaMet, Eban Escott Codebots
Software Artifact Mining in Software Engineering Conferences: A Meta-Analysis
ESEM Technical Papers
Zeinab Abou Khalil Inria, Stefano Zacchiroli Télécom Paris, Polytechnic Institute of Paris
What Soft Skills Does the Software Industry *Really* Want? An Exploratory Study of Software Positions in New Zealand
ESEM Technical Papers
Matthias Galster University of Canterbury, Antonija Mitrovic Intelligent Computer Tutoring Group, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Sanna Malinen University of Canterbury, Jay Holland University of Canterbury
Procurement Models and Types of Information Systems
ESEM Industry Forum
Aapo Koski 61 NorthPoint Solutions Oy