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Further experiences with scenarios and checklists

Miller, J. and Roper, M. and Wood, M. (1998) Further experiences with scenarios and checklists. Empirical Software Engineering, 3 (1). pp. 37-64. ISSN 1382-3256

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Abstract

Software inspection is one of the best methods of verifying software documents. Software inspection is a complex process, with many possible variations, most of which have received little or no evaluation. This paper reports on the evaluation of one component of the inspection process, detection aids, specifically using Scenario or Checklist approaches. The evaluation is by subject-based experimentation, and is currently one of three independent experiments on the same hypothesis. The paper describes the experimental process, the resulting analysis of the experimental data, and attempts to compare the results in this experiment with the other experiments. This replication is broadly supportive of the results from the original experiment, namely, that the Scenario approach is superior to the Checklist approach; and that the meeting component of a software inspection is not an effective defect detection mechanism. This experiment also tentatively proposes additional relationships between general academic performance and individual inspection performance; and between meeting loss and group inspection performance.