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ICSE 2021
Mon 17 May - Sat 5 June 2021

Context

As a novel coronavirus swept the world in early 2020, thousands of software developers began working from home. Many did so on short notice, under difficult and stressful conditions.

Objective

This study investigates the effects of the pandemic on developers’ wellbeing and productivity.

Method

A questionnaire survey was created mainly from existing, validated scales and translated into 12 languages. The data was analyzed using non-parametric inferential statistics and structural equation modeling.

Results

The questionnaire received 2225 usable responses from 53 countries. Factor analysis supported the validity of the scales and the structural model achieved a good fit (CFI = 0.961, RMSEA = 0.051, SRMR = 0.067). Confirmatory results include: (1) the pandemic has had a negative effect on developers’ wellbeing and productivity; (2) productivity and wellbeing are closely related; (3) disaster preparedness, fear related to the pandemic and home office ergonomics all affect wellbeing or productivity. Exploratory analysis suggests that: (1) women, parents and people with disabilities may be disproportionately affected; (2) different people need different kinds of support.

Conclusions

To improve employee productivity, software companies should focus on maximizing employee wellbeing and improving the ergonomics of employees’ home offices. Women, parents and disabled persons may require extra support.

Conference Day
Fri 28 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

16:40 - 17:55
16:40
15m
Paper
QFL: Data-Driven Feedback Loop to Manage Quality in Agile DevelopmentSEIS
SEIS - Software Engineering in Society
Lidia LópezUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, Alessandra BagnatoSofteam, Antonin Ahbervé, Xavier FranchUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Pre-print Media Attached
16:55
20m
Paper
The Daily Life of Software Engineers during the COVID-19 PandemicSEIP
SEIP - Software Engineering in Practice
Daniel RussoDepartment of Computer Science, Aalborg University, Paul HanelUniversity of Essex, Seraphina Altnickelmia raeumerei GmbH, Niels Van BerkelAalborg University
Pre-print Media Attached
17:15
20m
Paper
Pandemic Programming: How Covid-19 affects software developers and how their organizations can helpJournal-First
Journal-First Papers
Paul RalphDalhousie University, Sebastian BaltesQAware GmbH and The University of Adelaide, Gianisa AdisaputriDalhousie University, Richard TorkarChalmers and the University of Gothenburg, Vladimir KovalenkoJetBrains Research, Marcos KalinowskiPontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Nicole NovielliUniversity of Bari, Shin YooKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Xavier DevroeyDelft University of Technology, Xin TanPeking University, China, Minghui ZhouPeking University, China, Burak TurhanMonash University, Rashina HodaMonash University, Hideaki HataShinshu University, Gregorio RoblesUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos, Amin Milani FardNew York Institute of Technology, Rana AlkadhiKing Saud University
Link to publication DOI Pre-print Media Attached
17:35
20m
Paper
“How Was Your Weekend?” Software Development Teams Working From Home During COVID-19ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished PaperArtifact ReusableTechnical TrackArtifact Available
Technical Track
Courtney MillerNew College of Florida, Paige RodegheroClemson University, Margaret-Anne StoreyUniversity of Victoria, Denae FordMicrosoft Research, Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research
Pre-print Media Attached

Conference Day
Sat 29 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

04:40 - 05:55
04:40
15m
Paper
QFL: Data-Driven Feedback Loop to Manage Quality in Agile DevelopmentSEIS
SEIS - Software Engineering in Society
Lidia LópezUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, Alessandra BagnatoSofteam, Antonin Ahbervé, Xavier FranchUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Pre-print Media Attached
04:55
20m
Paper
The Daily Life of Software Engineers during the COVID-19 PandemicSEIP
SEIP - Software Engineering in Practice
Daniel RussoDepartment of Computer Science, Aalborg University, Paul HanelUniversity of Essex, Seraphina Altnickelmia raeumerei GmbH, Niels Van BerkelAalborg University
Pre-print Media Attached
05:15
20m
Paper
Pandemic Programming: How Covid-19 affects software developers and how their organizations can helpJournal-First
Journal-First Papers
Paul RalphDalhousie University, Sebastian BaltesQAware GmbH and The University of Adelaide, Gianisa AdisaputriDalhousie University, Richard TorkarChalmers and the University of Gothenburg, Vladimir KovalenkoJetBrains Research, Marcos KalinowskiPontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Nicole NovielliUniversity of Bari, Shin YooKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Xavier DevroeyDelft University of Technology, Xin TanPeking University, China, Minghui ZhouPeking University, China, Burak TurhanMonash University, Rashina HodaMonash University, Hideaki HataShinshu University, Gregorio RoblesUniversidad Rey Juan Carlos, Amin Milani FardNew York Institute of Technology, Rana AlkadhiKing Saud University
Link to publication DOI Pre-print Media Attached
05:35
20m
Paper
“How Was Your Weekend?” Software Development Teams Working From Home During COVID-19ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished PaperArtifact ReusableTechnical TrackArtifact Available
Technical Track
Courtney MillerNew College of Florida, Paige RodegheroClemson University, Margaret-Anne StoreyUniversity of Victoria, Denae FordMicrosoft Research, Thomas ZimmermannMicrosoft Research
Pre-print Media Attached