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Using Simulation to Build Inspection Efficiency Benchmarks for Development Projects

: Fraunhofer-Institut für Experimentelles Software Engineering -IESE-, Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern, 1997
ISERN Technical Report, 97-21
Reportnr.: ISERN 97-21
Fraunhofer IESE ()
inspection efficiency; quality modeling; simulation; software inspection

It is difficult for organizations introducing and using software inspections to evaluate how efficient they are. However, it is of practical importance to determine whether they have been effectively implemented or whether corrective actions are necessary to bring them up to standard. We present in this paper a procedure for building inspection efficiency benchmarks based on simulation and typical inspection data. Based on most of the data published in the literature, we build an industry-wide benchmark which intends to capture the current practice regarding inspection efficiency. Moreover, we discuss how this benchmark construction procedure can be used to build enterprise specific benchmarks. Last, we assess how robust we can expect them to be in varying conditions by distorting their input distributions.