Scaling Engineering

By Joe Pettersson

We wanted to write a book based on data, not individual anecdote. We did that by interviewing more than 400 engineering leaders. These interviews took place over 22 months, from the beginning of 2020 to October 2021. Our interviewees each answered a 50 question survey. The survey contained a mix of question types but was focused on freeform text answers from our participants.

A small number (n=53) were additionally interviewed via video call, by the author. The calls were all recorded and transcribed. In the calls we asked an extra 10 question, and on average they lasted 53 minutes.

Our participants contributed confidentially and their responses will be anonymised before the data is released. We gave the participants the option to contribute some or all of their answers non-anonymously, these responses form the core of our individual stories and profiles.

None of our participants were paid to take part, aside from being promised a free copy of the physical book.

We're incredibly greatful to all our participants for their contribution, this book could not happen with them.

Will you make the data available?

Yes, we will make an anonymised version of the raw data available alongside any copy of the digital or physical book with an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. We will also make the full, non-anonymised data available to researchers who agree to our ethics policy and to publish any derived research in open access journals.

Commercial licenses to the data are also available.