What is wrong with empirical Software Engineering?


At this year’s meeting of the International Software Engineering Research Network in Beijing, we were running again lots of interesting workshops and sessions addressing various aspects of empirical software engineering. One workshop, however, I had to miss as it collided with another one we organised ourselves.

It dealt with the (to a certain extent philosophical) question what is wrong with empirical software engineering and was organised by Magne Jørgensen from the Simula research laboratory. More precisely, it dealt with the question on the state-of-reliability of empirical results in software engineering and what we can realistically do to advance in this matter.

Keeping it short, Magne was so kind to give me his slides which, with his explicit permission, I share here with you. Enjoy!


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