I came across this survey when I was poking around CIO.com.
The Most Important Trait for Any IT Worker is…
Up-to-date technical skills : 14% (9 votes)
The ability to juggle multiple, constantly reprioritized tasks: 38% (25 votes)
Skin thick enough to take constant end-user abuse: 8% (5 votes)
The ability to say “no” without making people angry: 15% (10 votes)
A sense of humor: 26% (17 votes)
Total votes: 66
Assuming that the readers of CIO.com are managers (and by implication senior managers), we’re in big trouble.
The respondants to this survey apparently want employees who have out-of-date technical skills and are thin-skinned yes-men and yes-women. And they’ll take those employees and subject them to multitasking on constanly shifting priorities.
I’m thinking they won’t be producing much working software.
(But maybe they’ll joke about it since a sense of humor is the second most desired characteristic.)