Empirical Research in Software Engineering

Kapferer, Stefan (2019) Empirical Research in Software Engineering. Technical Report. HSR. (Unpublished)

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Software development is a highly complex and creative process. Producing software systems which fulfill all functional and nonfunctional requirements and exhibit adequate quality is challenging. Software Engineering aims to provide systematic methods and tools to overcome these challenges and improve the software development process. However, since the development of software is still an endeavor heavily based on creativity and human activities, it is difficult to evaluate whether new methods, practices or tools have a positive impact or not. Empirical Software Engineering applies scientific research strategies to the field of software engineering. These strategies are common in social and behavioral sciences, and support the evaluation of human-based activities. This paper gives an introduction into empirical strategies in software engineering, especially case studies, and how they can be used to evaluate results of research projects considering their value in practice. With an example thesis project we aim to illustrate how the theories and concepts can be applied. The paper is primarily based on the book Experimentation in Software Engineering by Wohlin et al.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Subjects: Topics > Software
Divisions: Master of Science in Engineering (MRU Software and Systems)
Kapferer, StefanUNSPECIFIED
Thesis advisorZimmermann, OlafUNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Christian Spielmann
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 12:32
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 19:07
URI: http://eprints.hsr.ch/id/eprint/820

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