Topic selection in industry experiments

Misirli, Ayse Tosun and Erdogmus, Hakan and Juristo Juzgado, Natalia and Dieste Tubio, Oscar (2014). Topic selection in industry experiments. In: "2nd International Workshop on Conducting Empirical Studies in Industry", 31 May-07 Jun 2014, Hyderabad, India. ISBN 978-1-4503-2843-2. pp. 25-30.


Title: Topic selection in industry experiments
  • Misirli, Ayse Tosun
  • Erdogmus, Hakan
  • Juristo Juzgado, Natalia
  • Dieste Tubio, Oscar
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 2nd International Workshop on Conducting Empirical Studies in Industry
Event Dates: 31 May-07 Jun 2014
Event Location: Hyderabad, India
Title of Book: ICSE '14 36th International Conference on Software Engineering
Date: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4503-2843-2
Freetext Keywords: Industry experiments; Topic elicitation; Topic selection
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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This paper shares our experience with initial negotiation and topic elicitation process for conducting industry experiments in six software development organizations in Finland. The process involved interaction with company representatives in the form of both multiple group discussions and separate face-to-face meetings. Fitness criteria developed by researchers were applied to the list of generated topics to decide on a common topic. The challenges we faced include diversity of proposed topics, communication gaps, skepticism about research methods, initial disconnect between research and industry needs, and lack of prior work relationship. Lessons learned include having enough time to establish trust with partners, importance of leveraging the benefits of training and skill development that are inherent in the experimental approach, uniquely positioning the experimental approach within the landscape of other validation approaches more familiar to industrial partners, and introducing the fitness criteria early in the process.

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