A pilot experiment to quantify the effect of documentation accuracy on maintenance tasks

Maurizio Leotta, Filippo Ricca, Giuliano Antoniol, Vahid Garousi, Junji Zhi, Guenther Ruhe

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Abstract

This paper reports the results and some challenges we discovered during the design and execution of a pilot experiment with 21 bachelor students aimed at investigating the effect of documentation accuracy during software maintenance and evolution activities. As documentation we considered: a high level system functionality description and UML documents. Preliminary results indicate a benefit of +15% in terms of efficiency (computed as number of correct tasks per minute) when a more accurate documentation is used. The discovered challenging aspects to carefully consider in future executions of the experiment are as follows: selecting "the right" documentation artefacts, maintenance tasks and documentation versions, verifying that the subjects really used the documentation during the experiment and measuring documentation-code alignment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages428-431
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event29th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, ICSM 2013 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 22 Sep 201328 Sep 2013

Conference

Conference29th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, ICSM 2013
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period22/09/201328/09/2013

Keywords

  • Controlled experiment
  • Documentation accuracy
  • Maintenance tasks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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