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The Impact of Educational Background on the Effectiveness of Requirements Inspections: An Empirical Study

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The Impact of Educational Background on the Effectiveness of Requirements Inspections: An Empirical Study
While the inspection of various software artifacts increases the quality of the end product, the effectiveness of an inspection largely depends on the individual inspectors involved. To address that issue, a large-scale controlled inspection experiment with over 70 professionals was conducted at Microsoft that focused on the relationship between an inspector's background and his effectiveness during a requirements inspection. The results of the study showed that inspectors with university degrees in majors not related to computer science found significantly more defects than those with degrees in computer science majors. We also observed that level of education (Masters, PhD), prior industrial experience, or other job-related experiences did not significantly impact the effectiveness of an inspector. The only other type of experience that had a significant impact on effectiveness was experience in writing requirements, i.e., professionals with prior experience writing requirements...
Jeffrey C. Carver, Nachiappan Nagappan, Alan Page
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where TSE
Authors Jeffrey C. Carver, Nachiappan Nagappan, Alan Page
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