Computer Personnel Selection and Criterion Development: IV. The Computer Position Profile.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES ELECTRONICS PERSONNEL RESEARCH GROUP
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The Computer Position Profile CPP, was developed as a means of describing and analyzing the important dimensions of computer programmer and analysts positions. The CPP grew out of the job analysis phase of a long range research program concerned with computer personnel selection and evaluation. As the result of a Q-factor analysis of 150 computer positions in a variety of computer installations, common job factors or dimensions were found and interpreted. The dimensions were interpreted on the basis of the kinds of positions defining each dimension and the tasks most often performed in these positions. A scoring key was constructed for each dimension using the 10 highest-weighted tasks and 10 lowest-weighted tasks in the analysis as positive and negative weights, respectively. The original 150 positions were rescored with these keys. Congruence coefficients between the dimension scores and the original factor loadings were quite high, indicating that the scoring keys based on 20 items will retain the same dimensional structure. C-score norms were then developed for converting the scores to C-scores on a profile sheet. An application was made of the CPP on a group of computer personnel in a large military systems programming organization. The results of this application of the CPP were consistent with the type of programming activities carried on by the three broad job categories Systems Analyst, Senior Programmer and Programmer. The CPP is recommended as an economical procedure for measuring some of the dimensions of computer personnel positions for purposes of job description, personnel assignment, and training evaluation. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Computer Programming and Software