Journal of Software: Evolution and Process

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July 2013

Volume 25, Issue 7

Pages 663–780

  1. Research Articles

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    2. Research Articles
    1. Cohesive software measurement planning framework using ISO standards: a case study from logistics service sector (pages 663–679)

      Kaan Kurtel and Murat Ozemre

      Article first published online: 13 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1557

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      The main contributions of the article include the presentation of a practical solution in ISO-based software measurement methodology and the elimination of the unnecessary and redundant ISO/IEC 9126 quality characteristics or sub-characteristics for the purpose of application of quality model to the company and identification of the suitable base and derived measurement sets for satisfying the company's information needs. Table VIII exhibits the measurement set achieved by rearranging the information needs according to results.

    2. Regression test suite selection using dependence analysis (pages 681–709)

      Hasan Ural and Hüsnü Yenigün

      Article first published online: 29 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1559

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      Given an original and a modified Extended Finite State Machine model of an implementation, this study suggests methods for regression test suite selection for direct and side effects of the modifications from test suites designed for testing the original and the modified implementations. The selection is based on the analysis of data and control dependencies and aims to find a minimal subset of tests exercising these dependencies. The methods also identify untested dependencies that form a basis for regression test suite augmentation.

    3. The software value map — an exhaustive collection of value aspects for the development of software intensive products (pages 711–741)

      Mahvish Khurum, Tony Gorschek and Magnus Wilson

      Article first published online: 26 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1560

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      In software intensive products such as cars or telecom systems, software has traditionally been associated with cost, and there has been no real perception of its value in relation to the entire product offering. However, because software is becoming a larger part of the main competitive advantage, driving innovation and product differentiation, hardware is becoming more standardized, thus the valuation of software is becoming critical.

    4. Improving IR-based traceability recovery via noun-based indexing of software artifacts (pages 743–762)

      Giovanni Capobianco, Andrea De Lucia, Rocco Oliveto, Annibale Panichella and Sebastiano Panichella

      Article first published online: 29 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1564

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      One of the main challenges in traceability management is to improve the accuracy of IR-based traceability recovery methods. A common way to reach such a goal is to reduce the ‘noise’ various types of artifacts carry on. We propose a heuristic that takes into account the linguistic nature of words in artifacts. Specifically, we act on the artifact indexing process taking into account only the nouns contained in the contents when extracting information about the occurrences of terms within them.

    5. The BSCBAS: a Balanced Scorecard-based appraisal system for improving the performance of software organizations (pages 763–780)

      Alaa El-deen Hamouda

      Article first published online: 30 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smr.1566

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      After applying the Balanced Scorecard-Based Appraisal System BSCBAS, the performance of individual employees was enhanced considerably. It also had a great positive effect on the performance of the whole organization. In addition to this tangible effect of the BSCBAS on individual employees' performance and the organization's performance, there was a significant improvement in the organization's culture. It is strongly recommended to start applying the BSCBAS as a framework for an appraisal system.

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