Evidence-Based Software Engineering

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Software Engineering Evidence Map

One of the goals of this website is to document secondary studies of software engineering topics. This page classifies SLRs and mapping studies using the knowledge areas defined by the SWEBOK.

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[S17] What do we know about Defect Detection Methods?

2006, P. Runeson and C. Andersson and T. Thelin and A. Andrews and T. Berling

Source: Systematic literature reviews in software engineering - A systematic literature review

Serious efforts are spent on defect detection during software development. So, it's important to use the most efficient and effective defect detection methods. This guide can help practitioners choose efficient and effective defect detection methods using the evidence-based software engineering (EBSE) approach. Using 12 empirical studies, including 10 experiments and two case studies, the authors compare inspection and testing techniques and then derive practical implications. While research results are often inconclusive, the authors recommend that practitioners generally use inspections for requirements and design, and testing for code. Also, because different defect detection methods find different types of defects, the methods might be complementary. Finally, they list factors that help frame the question and guide practitioners in further steps to integrate and evaluate the detection methods in their environments.
Software RequirementsS23, S26, S27, S63
Software DesignS1, S25, S31, S38
Software ConstructionS18, S43, S61
Software TestingS10, S17, S28, S62
Software MaintenanceS24, S30
Software Configuration Management -
Software Engineering ManagementM4, S5, S7, S8, S11, S12, S14, S21, S22, S29, S45, S46, S53, S66
Software Engineering ProcessesS3, S41, S47, S49, S50
Software Engineering Tools and MethodsS60, S64, S65
Software QualityM1, S15
Unclassified -