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Evaluating Software Technology

Shari Lawrence Pfleeger

This tutorial examines the issues involved in evaluating the effects of software methods and tools on our products, processes and resources. It reviews measurement theory and the basics of experimental design and analysis to suggest guidelines for how we should investigate the benefits and costs of our actions. Principles are illustrated with actual industrial examples, including two in-depth case studies. In addition to designing our own investigations, the tutorial enables us to understand when the results of others apply to our own situations.

Shari Lawrence Pfleeger is president of Systems/ Software Inc., a consultancy specializing in software engineering research and technology transfer. In addition, she is a visiting professorial research fellow at City University's Centre for Software Reliability.

1997 International Conference on Software Engineering
Last modified: 10 May 1997