We aim at better understanding why certain techniques, methods, and tools should be applied in a specific environment and what the effects of such technologies are. This kind of knowledge is highly important and typically needs to be gained in an empirical manner. Without such knowledge, software development would be on the level of medieval medicine, where many drugs appeared to have an effect, but there was no knowledge why. Our focus is on conducting empirical studies in highly relevant software engineering areas as well as advancing the state of the art in empirical software engineering. Besides conducting case studies with industry we have established a laboratory environment (i.e., the Software Factory) that allows for conducting experiment in a controlled environment.
- Marcus Ciolkowski, Jürgen Münch, “Accumulation and Presentation of Empirical Evidence: Problems and Challenges”, Proceedings of the 2005 workshop on Realising evidence-based software engineering (REBSE 2005), St. Louis, Missouri, pp. 1-3, USA, May 17, 2005.
- Marcus Ciolkowski, Jens Heidrich, Jürgen Münch, Frank Simon, Mathias Radicke, “Evaluating Software Project Control Centers in Industrial Environments”, Proceedings of the 1st ACM-IEEE International Symposium on Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM 2007), Madrid, Spain, September 20-21, pp. 314-323, 2007.
- Jürgen Münch, Dietmar Pfahl, and Ioana Rus, ”Virtual Software Engineering Laboratories in Support of Trade-off Analyses”, International Software Quality Journal, Special Issue on “Trade-off Analysis of Software Quality Attributes”, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 407-428, December 2005.
- Markus Ciolkowski, Christiane Differding, Oliver Laitenberger, Jürgen Münch, “Empirical Investigation on Perspective-Based Reading: A Replicated Experiment”, Technical Report No. 13/97, International Software Engineering Research Network, 1997.
Example Lab Package:
- Lab Package for the Empirical Investigation of Perspective-Based Reading