TITLE: Soft Skills Requirements In Software Architecture’s Job: An Exploratory Study

AUTHORS: F. Ahmed, P. Campbell, Azam Beg, and L.F. Capretz

PUBLICATION/VENUE: 5th Central and Eastern European Software Engineering Conference in Russia (CEE-SECR 2009), Oct 2009, pp. 1-4.


The job of software architect is considered very crucial in the life cycle of the software development because software architecture has a pivotal role in the success and failure of the software project in terms of cost and quality. People have different personality traits, and the way they perceive, plan and execute any assigned task is influenced by it. These personality traits are characterized by soft skills. Most of the time, software development is a team work involving several people executing different tasks. The success and failure stories of software projects revealed the human factor as one of the critical importance. In this work we are presenting an exploratory study about the soft skills requirements for a software architect’s job. We analyzed 124 advertised jobs in the title of software architect and explore the soft skills requirements. The results of this investigation help in understanding software skills requirement set for a job of software architect and presents the current status of their use in job advertisements.


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