On the use of empirical studies in software engineering
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" contributes to the common body of knowledge necessary to support decisions pro/contra (e.g., the introduction of a new technology), and is similar to the use of pair programming within established software development processes.