AuthorsM. Jørgensen
TitleWorking with industry to conduct empirical software engineering research: Patterns of successful and failed collaborations
AfilliationSoftware Engineering
Publication TypeTalk, keynote
Year of Publication2017
Location of TalkICSE-workshop: CESI

The industry should be the laboratory of a large part of empirical SE research. Not only does this create a more realistic context for the empirical research, it also eases the result transfer and makes them more convincing for the industry. Unfortunately, this is currently not the case. About 90% of SE experiments are, for example, conducted with students instead of software professionals as subjects. One reason for the lack of industry studies is that a good and sustainable “give-and-take”-based collaboration with industry can be difficult to establish. The collaborations are frequently fragile, end before the research is completed, and lead to a waste of resources for both the researchers and the industrial partners. This keynote presents experience from different, failed and successful, academia-industry collaborations with the goal of identifying approaches that are more likely to give the researchers insight and opportunities to evaluate methods and tools, and the industry benefits that make the collaborations worthwhile for them. A special focus will be on experiences with the use of “lightweight” collaborations, collaboration where the researchers use part of their budget to create monetary incentives for the industry to collaborate, and the use of evidence-based SE as a supporting tool for industry collaborations.

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