An experimental examination of the role of re-engineering in the management of software quality

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Georgiadou, E., Karakitsos, G., Sadler, C. and Stasinopoulos, D. 1993. An experimental examination of the role of re-engineering in the management of software quality. Software Quality Management. Southampton, UK 31 Mar - 02 Apr 1993 pp. 597-612
TypeConference paper
TitleAn experimental examination of the role of re-engineering in the management of software quality
AuthorsGeorgiadou, E., Karakitsos, G., Sadler, C. and Stasinopoulos, D.
Abstract

This paper reports on the design and the results of a randomised, controlled experiment estimating the effect of predetermined changes in module complexity on the maintainability of different program versions seeded with equivalent logic errors. The experiment measures maintainability which is a defining sub-attribute of quality. The hypothesis "low module complexity results in high maintainability" is tested experimentally by monitoring and recording the time taken to identify and correct the seeded errors. Prior to the experiment programs are statically analysed to produce measurements of internal sub-attributes of the fundamental attribute of complexity. A first program version is modularised according to established rules giving a new version with a larger number of modules and with smaller individual module complexity. The results of this work can be used to design tools capable of providing an indicator, or factor, for re-engineering whereby a given program can be restructured in such a way that quality improvement can be quantified or at least estimated. As maintainability is a defining attribute of quality the insights gained can be further applied in understanding the underlying processes involved and ultimately lead to quality improvements.

LanguageEnglish
ConferenceSoftware Quality Management
Page range597-612
ISSN1743-3517
ISBN
Hardcover9781853122255
Publication dates
Print31 Mar 1993
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Apr 2019
Accepted01 Jan 1993
Output statusPublished
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Published paper from Transactions on Information and Communications Technologies vol 4, © 1993 WIT Press, www.witpress.com, ISSN 1743-3517. Reproduced in this repository with permission of WIT Press

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Published in: Software Quality Management. Brebbia, Staples, G., C. A., Stapleton, J. and Ross, M., eds. WIT Transactions on Information and Communication Technologies, Vol. 4, pp. 597-612. ISBN: 9781853122255 (1993).

Web address (URL)https://www.witpress.com/elibrary/wit-transactions-on-information-and-communication-technologies/4/13519
Book titleSoftware Quality Management
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