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Wednesday, November 5 • 9:35am - 10:15am
The Impact of the PSP on Software Quality: Eliminating the Learning Effect Threat Through a Controlled Experiment

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Data from the Personal Software Process (PSP) courses indicates that the PSP improves the quality of the developed programs. However, since the programs (exercises of the course) are in the same application domain, the improvement could be due to programming repetition. In this research, we try to eliminate this threat to validity in order to confirm that the quality improvement is due to the PSP. In a previous study, we designed and performed a controlled experiment with software engineering undergraduate students at the Universidad de la República. The students performed the same exercises of the PSP course but without applying the PSP techniques. Here we present a replication of this experiment. The results indicate that the PSP and not programming repetition is the most plausible cause of the important software quality improvements.

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Fernanda Grazioli

Universidad de la República
Fernanda Grazioli is a research assistant in the Engineering School at the Universidad de la República (UdelaR). She is also a member of the Software Engineering Research Group (GrIS) at the Instituto de Computación (INCO). Grazioli holds an engineering degree in computer science from UdelaR and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the same university.
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Silvana Moreno

Universidad de la República
Silvana Moreno is a teaching and research assistant at the Engineering School at the | Universidad de la República (UdelaR). She is a member of the Software Engineering | Research Group (GrIS) at the Instituto de Computación (INCO). Moreno holds an engineering degree in computer science from UdelaR and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the same university. She is currently doing her doctoral work in computer science.
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Leticia Pérez-Queiruga

Universidad de la República
Leticia Pérez is an assistant professor in the Engineering School at the Universidad de la | República (UdelaR). She is also a member of the Software Engineering Research Group | (GrIS) at the Instituto de Computación (INCO). Pérez holds an engineering degree in | computer science and a Master of Science in Computer Science, both of them obtained at the UdelaR.
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Diego Vallespir

Universidad de la República
Diego Vallespir is an assistant professor in the Engineering School at the Universidad de la República (UdelaR), director of the Informatics Professional Postgraduate Center at UdelaR, director of the Software Engineering Research Group (GrIS) at UdelaR, and researcher at PEDECIBA-Informatics. Vallespir holds an engineering degree in computer science, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, all of... Read More →


Wednesday November 5, 2014 9:35am - 10:15am
Grand Station Ballroom 3

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