Survey reproduction of defect reporting in industrial software development

Eero Laukkanen, Mika Mäntylä

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    Abstract

    Context: Defect reporting is an important part of software development in-vivo, but previous work from open source context suggests that defect reports often have insufficient information for defect fixing. Objective: Our goal was to reproduce and partially replicate one of those open source studies in industrial context to see how well the results could be generalized. Method: We surveyed developers from six industrial software development organizations about the defect report information, from three viewpoints: concerning quality, usefulness and automation possibilities of the information. Seventy-four developers out of 142 completed our survey. Results: Our reproduction confirms the results of the prior study in that "steps to reproduce" and "observed behaviour" are highly important defect information. Our results extend the results of the prior study as we found that "part of the application", "configuration of the application", and "operating data" are also highly important, but they were not surveyed in the prior study. Finally, we classified defect information as "critical problems", "solutions", "boosters", and "essentials" based on the survey answers. Conclusion: The quality of defect reports is a problem in the software industry as well as in the open source community. Thus, we suggest that a part of the defect reporting should be automated since many of the defect reporters lack technical knowledge or interest to produce high-quality defect reports.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication5th International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM 2011), Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 19-23, 2011
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages197-206
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-2203-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventINTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON EMPIRICAL SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND MEASUREMENT -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

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    ISSN (Print)1938-6451

    Conference

    ConferenceINTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON EMPIRICAL SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND MEASUREMENT
    Abbreviated titleESEM
    Period01/01/1900 → …

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