Joy to the Work: How Does Software Team Formation Strategy Influence Job Satisfaction?

Sergio Cavalcante, Igor Steinmacher, Bruno Gadelha, Walter T. Nakamura, Edson Oliveira, Tayana Conte

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Background-The main assets of software organizations are their development teams. Several factors impact job satisfaction, such as salary, workload, and autonomy; still, the software team relationship could impact one's job satisfaction. Objective-We aim to understand how software team formation strategy impacts job satisfaction. Method-We analyzed two software team formation strategies: (i) team members selected by a leader, and (ii) team members self-selection. We administered a survey to 66 employees of an RD organization, comparing the team formation strategies. Results-Our results indicated that, in this context, the self-selection team formation strategy positively impacted job satisfaction and influenced good team cohesion and performance. Qualitative results showed that this formation strategy assembled teams with a good relationship among their members in which conflicts arose but were harmonically solved. Conclusion-This suggests that autonomy in the team formation stage would be good practice and could be more tested in the industry. These results may bring new evidence to practitioners about the benefits and drawbacks that self-selected teams may offer to the organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSBQS 2022 - Proceedings of the 21st Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450399999
StatePublished - Nov 7 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event21st Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality, SBQS 2022 - Curitiba, Brazil
Duration: Nov 7 2022Nov 10 2022

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference21st Brazilian Symposium on Software Quality, SBQS 2022


  • Allocation
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Leader-Selected Teams
  • Self-Selected Teams
  • Software Development Teams
  • Team Staffing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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