Addressing the Challenges of Replications of Surveys in Software Engineering Research
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Surveys are a popular research tool which are often used in empirical software engineering studies. While researchers are urged to replicate existing surveys, such replication brings with it challenges. This paper presents a concrete example of a replication of a survey used to determine the extent of adoption of software development best practice. The study replicated a European survey which was adapted and administered in a different context of Australian software development organisations. As well as discussing problems encountered, this paper presents a set of recommendations formulated to overcome identified challenges. Implementation of the recommendations will strengthen the value and contribution of surveys to the body of knowledge of empirical software engineering research.
Proceedings 2005 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering ISESE 2005
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