Using Students as Subjects - an Empirical Evaluation

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Mikael Svahnberg, Aybüke Aurum, Claes Wohlin
Title: Using Students as Subjects - an Empirical Evaluation
Conference name: Proceedings of the Second ACM-IEEE international symposium on Empirical software engineering and measurement
Year: 2008
Pagination: 288-290
ISBN: 978-1-59593-971-5
Publisher: ACM
City: Kaiserslautern, Germany
URI/DOI: 10.1145/1414004.1414055
ISI number: 000266371500036
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: An important task in Requirements Engineering is to select which requirements that should go into a specific release of a system. This is a complex decision that requires balancing multiple perspectives against each other. In this article we investigate what students imagine is important to professionals in requirements selection. The reason for this is to understand whether the students are able to picture what industry professionals value, and whether the courses provided
to them allow them to picture the state of industry
practice. The results indicate that students have a good
understanding of the way industry acts in the context of requirements selection, and students may work well as subjects in empirical studies in this area.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Education, requirements engineering, students, industry practice, empirical