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Title: Forget statistics - draw graphs instead
Authors: Dawson, Ray
De Chazal, Mark
Keywords: Statistical analysis
Software development management
Graphical user interfaces
Software tools
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: © IET
Citation: DAWSON, R. and DE CHAZAL, M., 2004. Forget statistics - draw graphs instead. IN: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Software Engineering - Workshop 8th International Conference on Empirical Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE 2004), 24th-25th May 2004, Edinburgh. IET, pp. 67 - 75
Abstract: This paper describes research carried out at the Rolls-Royce Company in the UK, to develop a tool set to aid planning and decision making regarding the management of a portfolio of IT systems. The research was carried out over three years with one researcher working alongside company employees in teams developing and evaluating the tools. A number of empirical and non-empirical tools were evaluated for their usefulness within the teams for analysing the problems, and for their usefulness in putting the alternative options to senior management. It was found that the most successful tools were the simpler tools where it is easy to understand the output and how it has been derived. Graphical tools depicting non-empirical or simple empirical information were found to be particularly helpful. Statistical analysis, on the other hand, was not found to be useful as the results are generally mistrusted by senior management.
Description: This is a conference paper, it was presented at the 26th International Conference on Software Engineering - Workshop 8th International Conference on Empirical Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE 2004) [© IET]. The definitive version is available at:http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/ic:20040400
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1049/ic:20040400
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13552
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/ic:20040400
ISBN: 0863414354
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Presentations (Computer Science)

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