AuthorsD. I. K. SjĂžberg
EditorsA. Tveito, A. M. Bruaset, and O. Lysne
TitleThe Industry Is Our Lab - Organization and Conducting of Empirical Studies in Software Engineering at Simula
AfilliationSoftware Engineering, Software Engineering
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
Book TitleSimula Research Laboratory - by thinking constantly about it
Place PublishedHeidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-642-01155-9

The society is completely dependent on reliable and efficient software. Development of such software requires the use of appropriate processes, method and tools. To evaluate their appropriateness in various industrial settings, empirical studies are needed. At present, most studies in software engineering are run with students in artificial settings. The strategy of Simula Research Laboratory to invest in experiment infrastructures and hire professionals as subjects has contributed to a significant improvement of state of the art regarding the realism and scale of experiments and control in real-life case studies. During its first eight years, Simula has conducted studies that have included about 6000 professional software developers and managers from 273 companies in 25 countries. However, increasing the realism of tasks and systems in experiments and control in case studies is still a challenge for Simula and the rest of the research community.