27 Sep 2011 idcmp   » (Journeyer)

Real Reasons Developers Leave Jobs

While I'm still working on improving my commenting skills, I've also started trying to ponder how to write software in company with high developer turnover.

You see, I've always said that software reflects the team that writes it.  If you have a team of people who are seriously experienced at writing stored procedures and OSGi, you can expect that the software they write will use that.  On the flip side, a team who knows JavaScript and CSS, asked to write the same software will write something completely different. So, given an environment that has higher turnover, how does someone design a system that embraces and survives?

While I was researching about turnover, I found a survey on why developers left their current positions (or rather, why they would leave their current position).

The survey is a bit older, but the list is pretty fascinating:
  1. Higher Salary
  2. More Experience
  3. More Interesting Work
  4. Need for a Change
  5. More Challenge
  6. Greater Chance of Promotion
  7. Better Location
  8. Present Company Getting too Large
  9. More Control over own Work
  10. Keep Up With Technical Knowledge
  11. Run Own Company
  12. More Flexible Working Arrangements
  13. Greater Structure in Work
  14. Go to More Successful Company
  15. Difficulties with Immediate Boss
  16. Friendlier Company
  17. Opportunity for Equity Stake
  18. Go to Less Commercial Company
  19. Go to More Commercial Company

Syndicated 2011-09-27 04:50:00 (Updated 2011-09-27 04:50:31) from Idcmp

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