Is the Software Worker Competent? A View from Spain

  • Ricardo Colomo-Palacios
  • Cristina Casado-Lumbreras
  • Edmundo Tovar-Caro
  • Pedro Soto-Acosta
  • Ángel García-Crespo
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 278)


This paper aims to identify competency gaps of software practitioners in Spanish software industry. Based on previous works, where a the description of a professional career and the competency levels for each role in the ladder are depicted, authors perform a study comparing an assessment performed using a 360 degree approach with such competency levels. Results show that certain roles present negative competency gaps and that, in general, technical competences present higher negative competency gaps than generic competences.


Competences Competency Levels Software Engineering Career 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo Colomo-Palacios
    • 1
  • Cristina Casado-Lumbreras
    • 2
  • Edmundo Tovar-Caro
    • 3
  • Pedro Soto-Acosta
    • 4
  • Ángel García-Crespo
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversidad Carlos III de MadridLeganésSpain
  2. 2.Department of Development Psychology and Education, Faculty of EducationUniversidad Complutense de MadridSpain
  3. 3.Faculty of Computer ScienceUniversidad Politécnica de MadridBoadilla del MonteSpain
  4. 4.Department of Management & FinanceUniversity of MurciaMurciaSpain

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