Persuading developers to "buy into" software process improvement: A local opinion and empirical evidence

A. Rainer, T. Hall, N. Baddoo

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Abstract

In order to investigate practitioners' opinions of software process and software process improvement, we have collected a large volume of qualitative evidence from 13 companies. At the same time, other researchers have reported investigations of practitioners, and we are interested in how their reports may relate to our evidence. Thus, other research publications can also be treated as a form of qualitative data. In this paper, we review advice on a method, content analysis, which is used to analyse qualitative data. We use content analysis to describe and analyse discussions on software process and software process improvement. We report preliminary findings from an analysis of both the focus group evidence and four publications. Our main finding is that there is an apparent contradiction between developers saying that they want evidence for software process improvement, and what developers will accept as evidence. This presents a serious problem for research: even if researchers could demonstrate a strong, reliable relationship between software process improvement and improved organisational performance, there would still be the problem of convincing practitioners that the evidence applies to their particular situation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2003 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2003
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages326-335
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0769520022, 9780769520025
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event2003 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2003 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 30 Sep 200301 Oct 2003

Conference

Conference2003 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, ISESE 2003
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRome
Period30/09/200301/10/2003

Keywords

  • Computer science
  • Costs
  • Data analysis
  • Educational institutions
  • Productivity
  • Programming
  • Software engineering
  • Software performance
  • Software quality
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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