Structuring Families of Industrial Case Studies

  • Laurie Williams
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4336)


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.

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