Investigation of individual factors impacting the effectiveness of requirements inspections: a replicated experiment

Date
2014-02
Authors
Albayrak, Ö.
Carver, J. C.
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Source Title
Empirical Software Engineering
Print ISSN
1573-7616
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Publisher
Springer
Volume
19
Issue
1
Pages
241 - 266
Language
English
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Article
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Abstract

This paper presents a replication of an empirical study regarding the impact of individual factors on the effectiveness of requirements inspections. Experimental replications are important for verifying results and investigating the generality of empirical studies. We utilized the lab package and procedures from the original study, with some changes and additions, to conduct the replication with 69 professional developers in three different companies in Turkey. In general the results of the replication were consistent with those of the original study. The main result from the original study, which is supported in the replication, was that inspectors whose degree is in a field related to software engineering are less effective during a requirements inspection than inspectors whose degrees are in other fields. In addition, we found that Company, Experience, and English Proficiency impacted inspection effectiveness.

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Keywords
Software inspections, Software engineering, Empirical studies, Replication, Requirements
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Published Version (Please cite this version)