Sep 1, 2015

First proposal for guidelines for psychoempirical software engineering

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Today at the 7th International Workshop on Social Software Engineering (SSE 2015), an ESEC/FSE 2015 workshop, I had the pleasure to present and share our initial proposal for guidelines for psychoempirical software engineering. In short, psychoempirical software engineering is what I called doing empirical software engineering with psychology theory and measurement instruments.

The proposal is from our recently published article Understanding the affect of developers: theoretical background and guidelines for psychoempirical software engineering (open access here). Given the tiny slot for presenting, I reduced the presentation to the guidelines only. The paper provides several pointers for enriching our knowledge on affect theory.

Below is the presentation.

The next step would be to revamp the website psych.se to include the new enthusiast people. More concretely, I plan to discuss with the advocates of similar proposals, and those that somehow are already doing psychoempirical software engineering (there are so many more), towards more detailed guidelines (there might as well be yet another name for the subdiscipline) and an agenda. This is scheduled to happen right after I finish my PhD in January, as soon as I find a place to conduct my postdoc.

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

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