January 25, 2021
Hot Topics:

Why Are Developers So Resistant to Change?

  • By Developer.com Staff

Over the years, developers have developed a reputation for being resistant to change. In this article, Datamation's Eric Spiegel offers five reasons why developers may be reluctant to try new processes and development tools:

  1. Shame—When developers get caught doing shoddy work they may be embarrassed and resist efforts to make changes designed to avoid the same problems in the future.
  2. Bad timing—if a proposed change might delay project delivery, developers understandably resist.
  3. Fear—like many people, developers sometimes fear changes that are unfamiliar or that they don't understand.
  4. Mistrust—developers who have had bad experiences with mandated changes in the past may not be very willing to give additional changes a fair hearing.
  5. Just becasue—some developers just have personalities that are naturally resistant to change.

Spiegel tells managers, "If your best efforts to avoid the other change resistance factors are not sinking in, don’t waste too much time on these folks. Instead, focus on winning over the majority of the staff. Then consider it a victory and move on."

View article

This article was originally published on January 24, 2013

Enterprise Development Update

Don't miss an article. Subscribe to our newsletter below.

Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date