Assessing software review meetings: results of a comparative analysis of two experimental studies

TitleAssessing software review meetings: results of a comparative analysis of two experimental studies
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsPorter A, Johnson PM
JournalIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Pagination129 - 145
Date Published1997/03//
ISBN Number0098-5589
KeywordsAggregates, Collaborative work, Computer Society, Costs, Helium, Inspection, inspection meeting, Job shop scheduling, Programming, reconciliation, Software development management, Software quality, software quality assurance, software review meeting assessment, Software reviews

Software review is a fundamental tool for software quality assurance. Nevertheless, there are significant controversies as to the most efficient and effective review method. One of the most important questions currently being debated is the utility of meetings. Although almost all industrial review methods are centered around the inspection meeting, recent findings call their value into question. In prior research the authors separately and independently conducted controlled experimental studies to explore this issue. The paper presents new research to understand the broader implications of these two studies. To do this, they designed and carried out a process of “reconciliation” in which they established a common framework for the comparison of the two experimental studies, reanalyzed the experimental data with respect to this common framework, and compared the results. Through this process they found many striking similarities between the results of the two studies, strengthening their individual conclusions. It also revealed interesting differences between the two experiments, suggesting important avenues for future research