A New Approach To Predict Burnout Risk for Software Developers

A New Approach To Predict Burnout Risk for Software Developers

September 10, 2021 by Egon Wuchner


Summary

  • Burnout symptoms are often a result of suboptimal procedures and working conditions. They are signs of a serious and protracted illness.
  • Especially, burnout of software developers is more widespread than one might suspect. It hits companies via increased employee turnover, reduced team productivity and above-average sick leave just as hard as the affected employees. 
  • Amongst many other reasons, “meaningless” work, frequently changing priorities, unrealistic goals, deadlines, and overwork are disproportionately often named as causes.
  • Early indicators for these most important burnout causes can be identified from the work on the software code with the DETANGLE Analysis Suite.
  • With these analysis results, project leaders/-management have information at hand to identify health-threatening working conditions of their developers at an early stage and can initiate countermeasures timely.   
  • By regularly applying these analyses, additional information regarding the trend of the relevant key metrics will become available. Over time it becomes increasingly easy to narrow down the causes of a developer’s burnout and to avoid it before the individual and as a consequence, the organisation is seriously impacted.

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The Most ‘Striking’ Way To Explain Technical Debt – Even to Your Kids & Managers

The Most ‘Striking’ Way To Explain Technical Debt – Even to Your Kids & Managers

June 30, 2021 by Konstantin Sokolov


The term “technical debt” is a very useful metaphor. It helps to illustrate certain problematic peculiarities in software development.

Regardless of the apparent clarity of the term, I always have the feeling that people who have never been directly involved in software development cannot fully understand the real magnitude of the problem of technical debt. For those responsible for software projects, however, this would be very desirable.

In the following I will try to present this important topic in a simple and comprehensible way. I hope it helps to understand how too much technical debt can destroy the future of software.

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I Already Know Where the Problems Are in My Code

I Already Know Where the Problems Are in My Code

May 27, 2021 by Konstantin Sokolov


If you’re in the software development industry, you’ve probably heard this phrase more than once. From colleagues, suppliers, customers or business partners. But most often, of course, from yourself. You have said it out aloud, consciously thought it or implicitly assumed it. 

Why? Because it is what you truly believe. Anything else would be a personal disaster, wouldn’t it? And while I am 100% convinced that I am unfamiliar with the majority of the problems in my code, I too often catch myself thinking the opposite.

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Software Due Diligence – Focus on Contributors and Their Cooperation

Software Due Diligence – Focus on Contributors and Their Cooperation

17th of May, 2021 by Egon Wuchner


Summary

  • The success of a software company takeover depends to a large extent on the retention of key developers.
  • The DETANGLE® Software Analysis Suite identifies different groups of key developers.
  • The acquisition risk decreases if the investor can conceive measures at an early stage to retain these employees.
  • The tool also analyses the entire effort and knowledge distribution in the development team. The optimisation of knowledge distribution enables quality and efficiency improvements. 
  • An optimised knowledge distribution also reduces the dependency on individual persons.

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