Budgen, D. (2016) 'What do we know and how well do we know it? Current knowledge about software engineering practices.', in Software Technologies : 10th International Joint Conference, ICSOFT 2015, Colmar, France, July 20-22, 2015. Revised selected papers. Cham: Springer, pp. 3-16. Communications in computer and information science. (586).
Context: The ‘prescriptions’ used in software engineering for developing and maintaining systems make use of a set of ‘practice models’, which have largely been derived by codifying successful experiences of expert practitioners. Aim: To review the ways in which empirical practices, and evidence-based studies in particular, have begun to provide more systematic sources of evidence about what practices work, when, and why. Method: This review examines the current situation regarding empirical studies in software engineering and examine some of the ways in which evidence-based studies can inform and influence practice. Results: A mix of secondary and tertiary studies have been used to illustrate the issues. Conclusion: The corpus of evidence-based knowledge for software engineering is still developing. However, outcomes so far are encouraging, and indicate that in the future we can expect evidence-based research to play a larger role in informing practice, standards and teaching.
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|Publisher Web site:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-30142-6_1|
|Date accepted:||25 January 2016|
|Date deposited:||05 February 2016|
|Date of first online publication:||25 February 2016|
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