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Survey: Software Engineers Spend Most of Their Time on Non-Coding Tasks

The average software engineer spends more than seven hours a week waiting on tests and builds.


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A new survey conducted by software development services vendor Electric Cloud finds that software engineers spend only 19.1 hours per week on coding tasks on average. They spend another 22.4 hours on a variety of tasks, including brainstorming and collaboration (6.7 hours), administrative tasks (5.8 hours), waiting for tests to complete (3.7 hours), waiting for builds to complete (3.5 hours) and environment management (3.3 hours).

Still, software engineers spent more hours coding than those surveyed who had different job titles. For example, technical architects said they spend about 14.3 hours a week writing code.

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