Addressing the Challenges of Replications of Surveys in Software Engineering Research

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Title Addressing the Challenges of Replications of Surveys in Software Engineering Research
Author Cater-Steel, Aileen; Toleman, Mark; Rout, Terence Patrick
Publication Title Proceedings 2005 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering ISESE 2005
Editor Lucila Carvalho
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Los Alamitos, CA
Publisher IEEE Computer Society
Abstract Surveys are a popular research tool which are 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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ISBN 0-7803-9507-7
Conference name ISESE 2005: International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering
Location Noosa
Date From 2005-11-17
Date To 2005-11-18
Date Accessioned 2006-03-15
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Subject Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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