A Survey to Determine if Your Developers Are Happy

After publishing Nine Things Developers Want More Than Money late last year, I received several requests for something that could provide more specific information than the 1-9 score on Rob’s Criteria for Keeping Your Developers Happy. In other words, managers want to know which of the nine areas to focus on, and most who wrote suggested I create a survey they could give anonymously to their developers.

In response, I’ve created a 29-question survey that covers all nine of Rob’s Criteria. I built it in HTML so you can print it out and distribute paper copies, or write code to place the responses in a database for easier analysis. If you wind up using a database I’d appreciate if you would send me a copy of your code so I can post it here.

The survey does not have a norm since it has not been administered to anyone. As a result, determining the results will be up to your interpretation. Hopefully that’s not too difficult given the nature of the questions.

If you have other questions you’d like included, or stories to share about survey results, please post them in the comments.

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#1 http:// on 02.12.07 at 4:18 pm

Making this form submittable with assigned scores and turning it into a poll would be much more useful. I’d like to see how my employer rated at 40% stacks up against others!