Reporting Empirical Research in Global Software Engineering: A Classification Scheme

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Darja Smite, Claes Wohlin, Robert Feldt, Tony Gorschek
Title: Reporting Empirical Research in Global Software Engineering: A Classification Scheme
Conference name: IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering
Year: 2008
Pagination: 173-181
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3280-6
Publisher: IEEE
City: Bangalore
URI/DOI: 10.1109/ICGSE.2008.22
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: Increased popularity of global software engineering (GSE) has resulted in quite a number of research and industrial studies. As the area matures, an increased focus on empirically supported results leads to a greater potential impact on future research and industrial practice. However, since GSE scenarios are diverse, what works in one context might not directly apply in another. Thus it is necessary to understand, how GSE-related empirical findings should be reported to be useful for practitioners and researchers. Furthermore, it‘s important to summarize progress and get the big picture of published research to identify gaps and commonalities. In this paper we analyze differentiating factors of GSE scenarios and offer a classification scheme for describing the context of a GSE study. In addition, we report initial results of a systematic review on GSE-related empirical literature using papers from ICGSE 2006 and 2007, at the same time illustrating and evaluating the proposed scheme.
Subject: Software Engineering\General