Software Engineer’s Condition Due to COVID-19

Software engineer’s condition Due to COVID-19

Global pandemic hit the world for the first time in the beginning of 2020. It started to spread from China to all over the world. A huge panic and stress spread all over the world. No one knows how to deal with the situation. An unknown disease attack on a huge population. People falling ill and dying because of an unknown virus. According to WHO data from November 15, 2020, over 53 million people worldwide were confirmed to be infected, and over 1,280,000 people have died. This is not stopped with physical illness, but this pandemic also hits the mental stress level of people. Most of the countries including India announce a complete shutdown or lockdown in the entire country. Suddenly the world’s economy goes down, no one knows how to deal with the current situation. All the businesses allow their employees to start working from home. Even many employees lost their jobs in this harsh period. 

On the start of this global pandemic we start researching about the conditions of software engineers in this era. How they can defeat this pandemic and live a normal life. We also mention some recommendations for them.

Software Engineer’s conditions:

When the global pandemic first hit and people started to quarantine, we start researching about the condition of “Software engineers” After having a sufficient amount of data we found that:

Some engineers says that, “I love working from home; I’m feeling so much more productive,”

Some replies that, “COVID-19 conditions have increased their focus on DevOps initiatives (52.75%) and increased their progress on cloud migration (53.25%)”.

Many of them agree with the fact that, “I’m spending so many hours taking care of my kids that my productivity is way down.”

The majority of respondents (59.49%) to the ASG report saw an increase in productivity on software teams since the pandemic started. Forty-two percent of respondents said it has become somewhat easier to complete their work tasks in a timely manner.

The team looked at both the macro and micro levels. At the macro level, they looked to see whether projects were producing more code and gaining contributors, for example. At the micro level, they looked at whether individual contributors were writing more code, creating more issues, reporting more bugs, and so on.

We also found that it’s not binary,” says Ahmed. “Out of the 100 projects, 60% saw an improvement and 40% saw a decline in productivity.” The percentages were the same for individual productivity.


Organizations can learn from our research work and take steps to remain productive while creating high-quality code.

The research community can explore the social and human aspects to understand the impact of developer personality during a pandemic.

The team is planning follow-up studies to analyze how the impact of COVID-19 on software development might change over time. “This is important because this is not the last pandemic or disaster that is going to hit us,”. We need to be prepared from the software engineering perspective so that things keep going. The show must go on.

Bhawana Aggarwal [MBA IIM-s]

Manager FinTech

AirCrews Aviation Pvt. Ltd.

Software Engineer’s Condition Due to COVID-19

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