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Does active guidance improve software inspections? A preliminary empirical study

: Denger, C.; Ciolkowski, M.; Lanubile, F.

Hamza, M.H. ; International Association of Science and Technology for Development -IASTED-:
IASTED International Conference on Software Engineering 2004. Proceedings : Part of the 22nd Multi-Conference on Applied Informatics, Innsbruck, Austria, February 17-19, 2004
Anaheim: IASTED/ACTA Press, 2004
ISBN: 0-88986-381-4
International Conference on Software Engineering (SE) <2004, Innsbruck>
International Multi-Conference on Applied Informatics <22, 2004, Innsbruck>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()
quality assurance; inspection; reading technique; scenario-based reading; active guidance

Inspections are an established quality assurance technique. In order to optimize the inspection approach, different reading techniques, such as checklist-based reading and scenario-based reading have been proposed. Various experiments have been performed to evaluate which of these techniques produces better inspection results (i.e., finds more defects with less effort). However, results of these empirical investigations are not conclusive. Thus, the success factors of reading approaches need to be further analyzed. In this paper, we report on a preliminary empirical study that examined the influence of active involvement (provided by scenario based approaches) of the inspectors on the inspector's efficiency and effectiveness. First results show tendencies that active guidance can improve the effectiveness of inspectors and is a useful means during defect detection.