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On the use of empirical studies in software engineering

: Jedlitschka, A.; Bunse, C.

Bunse, C.; Jedlitschka, A. ; Fraunhofer-Institut für Experimentelles Software Engineering -IESE-, Kaiserslautern:
Empirical studies in software engineering : 1st workshop ; proceedings of the PROFES 2002 Workshop on Empirical Studies in Software Engineering, Rovaniemi, Finland, December 9th 2002 ; in conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES)
Stuttgart: Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, 2003 (Workshop Series on Empirical Software Engineering 1)
ISBN: 3-8167-6374-X
ISBN: 978-3-8167-6374-1
pp.3-11 : Ill., Lit.
International Workshop on Empirical Studies in Software Engineering (WSESE) <1, 2002, Rovaniemi>
International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES) <4, 2002, Rovaniemi>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()
empirical study; improvement management; software engineering; decision support

Software process improvement (SPI) is instantiated in industry in many ways. Different models exist like CMM, CMMI, SPICE, ISO9000. All of these require experimentation and cycles for improvement. One approach that is used to achieve this is the use of empirical methods in conjunction with, for example, the Quality Improvement Paradigm (QIP). The EU-funded Experimental Software Engineering Network aims at supporting improvement maturity by providing an infrastructure for cross-organisational exchange by the means of empirical studies and the sharing of experience both on a personal and technical level. In order to foster the understanding of the use of empirical studies for organisation specific improvement management activities, the authors present a generic framework for strategic improvement management enabling the use of existing resources and the integration of these into an improvement cycle. The workshop on "Empirical Studies in Software Engineering" aims at contributing to the common body of knowledge necessary to support decisions pro or contra, for example, the introduction of a new technology.