|dc.contributor.author||Porter, Adam A.||en_US
|dc.contributor.author||Toman, C. A.||en_US
|dc.contributor.author||Votta, Lawrence G.||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||We are conducting a long-term experiment (in progress) to compare
the costs and benefits of several different software inspection methods.
These methods are being applied by professional developers to a
commercial software product they are currently writing.
Because the laboratory for this experiment is a live development
effort, we took special care to minimize cost and risk to the project,
while maximizing our ability to gather useful data.
This article has several goals: (1) to describe the experiment's
design and show how we used simulation techniques to optimize it, (2) to
present our preliminary results and discuss their implications for both
software practitioners and researchers, and (3) to discuss how we expect
to modify the experiment in order to reduce potential risks to the project.
For each inspection we randomly assign 3 independent variables:
(1) the number of reviewers on each inspection team (1, 2 or 4), (2) the
number of teams inspecting the code unit (1 or 2), and (3) the
requirement that defects be repaired between the first and second team's
inspections. The reviewers for each inspection are randomly selected
without replacement from a pool of 11 experienced software developers.
The dependent variables for each inspection include inspection interval
(elapsed time), total effort, and the defect detection rate.
To date we have completed 34 of the planned 64 inspections. Our
preliminary results challenge certain long-held beliefs about the most
cost-effective ways to conduct inspections and raise some questions about
the feasibility of recently proposed methods.
(Also cross-referenced as UMIACS-TR-95-14)||en_US
|dc.relation.ispartofseries||UM Computer Science Department; CS-TR-3410||en_US
|dc.title||An Experiment to Assess the Cost-Benefits of Code Inspections in Large
Scale Software Development||en_US
|dc.relation.isAvailableAt||Digital Repository at the University of Maryland||en_US
|dc.relation.isAvailableAt||University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)||en_US
|dc.relation.isAvailableAt||Tech Reports in Computer Science and Engineering||en_US
|dc.relation.isAvailableAt||UMIACS Technical Reports||en_US