Software Leader Survey 2016

199 responses

Are you...

197 out of 199 answered

1
Male
87% / 172 resp.
2
Female
11% / 23 resp.
3
Decline to answer
1% / 2 resp.

Thinking back to your first management role, or if you are in your first management role, what was the makeup of the work:

199 out of 199 answered

1
50-50 management and technical work
40% / 80 resp.
2
Mostly technical work
29% / 58 resp.
3
Mostly management
17% / 35 resp.
4
100% technical work (and you’re supposed to be a tech lead or coach “on the side”)
8% / 16 resp.
5
100% management
5% / 10 resp.

How many years of experience did you have doing the work you now manage:

199 out of 199 answered

1
4-7 years
32% / 65 resp.
2
0-3 years
25% / 51 resp.
3
8-11 years
23% / 47 resp.
4
12-15 years
11% / 22 resp.
5
16 or more years
7% / 14 resp.

How much training did you receive for this role:

196 out of 199 answered

1
0-3 hours
66% / 131 resp.
2
Multiple courses over a period of time
14% / 29 resp.
3
4-8 hours
9% / 18 resp.
4
9-20 hours
6% / 12 resp.
5
21-40 hours
3% / 6 resp.

How many hours per week did you need to work to get the job done:

197 out of 199 answered

1
46 - 50 hours
28% / 57 resp.
2
41 - 45 hours
26% / 53 resp.
3
40 hours
25% / 51 resp.
4
More than 56 hours
10% / 21 resp.
5
51 - 55 hours
7% / 15 resp.

How satisfied were you in that role:

198 out of 199 answered

1
Somewhat satisfied. You mostly did what the org, your people, and you needed. You mostly got the work done that you needed to do.
51% / 102 resp.
2
Somewhat dissatisfied. You felt as if you let down someone at least three times a week: someone in the org, some of your people, or you. You felt as if you left a fair amount of work undone.
17% / 34 resp.
3
Totally satisfied. You did exactly what the org, your people, and you needed. You did all the work you needed to do.
13% / 27 resp.
4
Meh. You felt as if you accomplished enough work.
0% / 0 resp.
5
Totally dissatisfied: You felt as if you let many people down during the week. You were concerned by your ability to get any of the work done.
0% / 0 resp.

How easy was it to balance both the technical and management work?

197 out of 199 answered

1
Somewhat easy; I had trouble, but I made it work without too much trouble. I might have had to spend a little overtime, but not too much.
35% / 69 resp.
2
Meh. I felt pulled in both directions. I spent a bunch of time I would rather have spent elsewhere.
28% / 56 resp.
3
Somewhat difficult, I spent overtime accomplishing both roles.
19% / 39 resp.
4
Easy, I was able to balance both roles with no trouble. I didn’t spend any overtime or extra time at work.
10% / 21 resp.
5
Very difficult; I often ignored one of the two roles completely.
6% / 12 resp.

How realistic were your manager’s expectations of you in that role?

197 out of 199 answered

1
Somewhat realistic, I had to slightly adjust my manager’s expectations
35% / 70 resp.
2
Very realistic, I was able to meet my manager’s expectations regularly
27% / 55 resp.
3
Somewhat unrealistic, I spent significant time and effort to align with my manager’s expectations
20% / 40 resp.
4
Meh
12% / 25 resp.
5
Very unrealistic, I was unable to adjust or meet my manager’s expectations
3% / 7 resp.

Which role was neglected most often?

196 out of 199 answered

1
Management work. I neglected my management work in order to do the technical work.
50% / 98 resp.
2
Technical work. I neglected my technical work in order to do the management work.
33% / 66 resp.
3
None. I didn’t neglect anything.
15% / 30 resp.

How prepared did you feel for the job you were asked to do?

195 out of 199 answered

1
Somewhat prepared
47% / 93 resp.
2
Somewhat unprepared
22% / 44 resp.
3
Meh
14% / 28 resp.
4
Very unprepared
10% / 20 resp.
5
Very prepared
5% / 10 resp.

How effective do you feel you were in this role?

196 out of 199 answered

1
Somewhat effective
58% / 114 resp.
2
Very effective
20% / 41 resp.
3
Meh
12% / 25 resp.
4
Somewhat ineffective
5% / 10 resp.
5
Very ineffective
3% / 6 resp.