A Study of Myers-Briggs Types Relative to CM Professionals (2003)

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Summary:
What makes configuration management (CM) professionals so unique? Is it the way we can view a complex task and break it down into meaningful activities? Is it the way we can bring some level of order to chaos? Is it that we not only want to understand the details on how things work, but we also like to understand the big picture? Is it our need to improve our environment? Or is it the way we persevere at difficult tasks in trying to bring together the pieces that comprise our deliverables?

What makes configuration management (CM) professionals so unique? Is it the way we can view a complex task and break it down into meaningful activities? Is it the way we can bring some level of order to chaos? Is it that we not only want to understand the details on how things work, but we also like to understand the big picture? Is it our need to improve our environment? Or is it the way we persevere at difficult tasks in trying to bring together the pieces that comprise our deliverables?

Introduction
This study was conducted as a means to identify if there are common traits amongst those professionals who work in the CM field. While some traits are derived from anecdotal evidence in discussions amongst CM professionals, this study seeks to identify a more precise characterization of personality traits using Myers Briggs types. Overall, this study is primarily an exploration to identify and raise awareness of common personality traits. It does not attempt to draw any grand conclusions and provides others with data points in which to continue further study in this area. With this in mind and a good boost by Neal Freeman who posted the question, “What kind of people are we?” to the CMCrossroads Forums, I began this study.

Study Format
The tools of the study included:

·         A simple survey which asked individuals to provide their Myers Briggs type. The survey included a link to the “Jung - Myers-Briggs typological test” found at http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm) although the results from any Myers-Briggs test was acceptable

·         The “CMTALK” email group and “CMCrossroads” newsgroup. The survey was emailed to the CMTALK email group (cmtalk@accurev.com) and it was posted to the CMCrossroads newsgroup (see http://www.cmcrossroads.com) in the “Forums” section.

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