Structuring Families of Industrial Case Studies
Practitioners are most influenced by results of research conducted in industrial settings. Evidence of the efficacy of a software development practice or process is best obtained through a triangulation of research findings obtained through a variety of empirical studies in various contexts. The use of an evaluation framework can enable a family of related industrial case studies in different contexts to be metaanalyzed and/or combined. Such an evaluation framework could consists of templates for specific quantitative measures to collect with associated instructions on what to include/exclude for consistent measurement collection as well as protocols for surveys and/or interviews. Groups of researchers interested in the same research question(s) can customize and evolve an evaluation framework for the technology under study.