Software engineering practice versus evidence-based software engineering research

Austen Rainer*, Dorota Jagielska, Tracy Hall

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this paper, we review four examples in software engineering practice of the lack of use of empirical evidence. We use these examples to support our claims that practitioners and researchers appear to have different values with regards to empirical evidence, and appear to use different criteria when evaluating the credibility of evidence. From our examples, it seems that practitioners need to be persuaded to adopt evidence-based software engineering practices. Consequently, the research community needs to consider strategies for persuading practitioners. Paradoxically for software engineering research, the more effective persuasion strategies may be ones that, initially at least, do not rely on empirical evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 Workshop on Realising Evidence-Based Software Engineering, REBSE '05
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2005
Event2005 Workshop on Realising Evidence-Based Software Engineering, REBSE '05 - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: 17 May 200517 May 2005

Conference

Conference2005 Workshop on Realising Evidence-Based Software Engineering, REBSE '05
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO
Period17/05/200517/05/2005

Keywords

  • adoption
  • evaluation
  • evidence
  • persuasion strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Software

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