Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Edith Cowan University, Western Australia in association with Khon Kaen University, Thailand and Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University, Thailand.

Comments

Originally published in the Proceedings of the EDU-COM 2008 International Conference. Sustainability in Higher Education: Directions for Change, Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia, 19-21 November 2008.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to prioritize/rank 12 existing software developer competencies and to find the pattern correlation among these competencies. A survey was designed to elicit responses from a target group (N=350) of software developers, system analysts, lecturers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), ICT managers and others related to software industry (e.g. information technologist, software architect, computer technicians) in 14 organizations in Thailand. The return rate was 80.57% or 282 out of 350. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. Factor analysis was used to identify correlations among the 12 competencies. The 12 competencies were previously identified in a study of competencies for software developers in Thailand. The ranking was as follows: expertise; teamwork; logical thinking; system thinking; relation and communication; creative thinking; achievement; future thinking; emotion and ethic; flexibility; service mind; leadership and influence. In terms of correlations Future Thinking; System Thinking Relation & Communication; Teamwork are correlated. The second set of correlated factors are as follows: Leadership & Influence; Expertise; Emotion & Ethic; Flexibility. This research was limited to an investigation of competencies for software developers in Thailand only.

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