Cater-Steel, Aileen and Toleman, Mark and Rout, Terry (2005) Addressing the challenges of replications of surveys in software engineering research. In: ISESE 2005: on Empirical Software Engineering, 17-18 Nov 2005, Noosa Heads, Australia.
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Surveys are a popular research tool often used in empirical software engineering studies. While researchers are urged to replicate existing surveys, such replication brings with it challenges. This paper presents a concrete example of a replication of a survey used to determine the extent of adoption of software development best practice. The study replicated a European survey which was adapted and administered in a different context of Australian software development organisations. As well as discussing problems encountered, this paper presents a set of recommendations formulated to overcome identified challenges. Implementation of the recommendations will strengthen the value and contribution of surveys to the body of knowledge of empirical software engineering research.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||software engineering; research; surveys; replication|
|Subjects:||280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences > 280300 Computer Software > 280302 Software Engineering|
|Depositing User:||epEditor USQ|
|Date Deposited:||11 Oct 2007 00:33|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 22:35|
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