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M. Kuutila, M. V. Mantyla, U. Farooq and M. Claes, "What Do We Know About Time Pressure in Software Development?," in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 32-38, Sept.-Oct. 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3020784

What do we know about time pressure in software development?

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Author: Kuutila, Miikka1; Mäntylä, Mika1; Farooq, Umar1;
Organizations: 1ITEE/M3S, Oulun Yliopisto, Oulu, Oulun lääni, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-01-12


Time Pressure means that time experienced by an individual is scarce in relation to the task demands at hand. In this article, we summarize findings and provide practitioner takeaways based on a systematic review of existing literature. We find that most empirical evidence supports reduced quality, increased productivity, and negative effects on individuals under time pressure. Time pressure is caused by company culture, poor effort estimates, and project management. The effects of time pressure can be explained by Challenge and Hindrance time pressure, the Yerkes-Dodson Law and The Job Demands-Resources model. Finally we conclude the article by giving practitioner takeaways related to minimizing the negative effects of time pressure.

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Series: IEEE software
ISSN: 0740-7459
ISSN-E: 1937-4194
ISSN-L: 0740-7459
Volume: 38
Issue: 5
Pages: 32 - 38
DOI: 10.1109/MS.2020.3020784
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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