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A case study using sampling to improve software inspection effectiveness

Publiceringsår: 2003
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 252-260
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Proceedings 2003 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering. ISESE 2003
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag
Förlag: IEEE--Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.


Software inspections have shown to contribute improved software quality. However, as they are time consuming; sometimes the resources available are not sufficient to inspect all documents. Instead of selecting documents ad hoc, sample-driven inspections (SDI) is proposed as a systematic approach to select which subset of documents to inspect. The selection is based on a pre-inspection, where samples of documents are inspected, and based on the sample, it is estimated which documents need the quality improvement the most. Two important questions are how select the pre-inspection sample, and how large segments the documents should be divided into. In this paper, we apply the SDI approach to industrial data from inspections of requirements specifications. Different sampling strategies are applied and the documents are split into segments of different size. It is concluded that the SDI approach is more effective in most cases compared to selecting subsets of documents randomly, despite the fact that the faults are rather evenly distributed in the documents


  • Computer Science
  • sampling
  • case study
  • inspection improvement
  • software inspections
  • software quality
  • sample-driven inspections
  • requirements specifications
  • quality improvement
  • SDI
  • software faults


Proceedings 2003 International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering. ISESE 2003
  • Software Engineering-lup-obsolete
  • ISBN: 0-7695-2002-2

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