|Title||The role of experimentation in software engineering: past, current, and future|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||1996|
|Conference Name||Proceedings of the 18th international conference on Software engineering|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|Conference Location||Washington, DC, USA|
Software engineering needs to follow the model of other physical sciences and develop an experimental paradigm for the field. This paper proposes the approach towards developing an experimental component of such a paradigm. The approach is based upon a quality improvement paradigm that addresses the role of experimentation and process improvement in the context of industrial development. The paper outlines a classification scheme for characterizing such experiments.