Addressing the challenges of replications of surveys in software engineering research

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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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:33
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 00:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: software engineering; research; surveys; replication
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/ISESE.2005.1541829

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