Improving manual change impact analysis with tool support: A study in an industrial project

T. Wetzlmaier, R. Ramler. Improving manual change impact analysis with tool support: A study in an industrial project. volume 200, pages 47-66, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-13251-8_4, 1, 2015.

Autoren
  • Thomas Wetzlmaier
  • Rudolf Ramler
Editoren
  • Dietmar Winkler
  • Stefan Biffl
  • Johannes Bergsmann
BuchSoftware Quality. Software and Systems Quality in Distributed and Mobile Environments - Proc. SWQD 2015
TypIn Konferenzband
VerlagSpringer
SerieLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Band200
DOI10.1007/978-3-319-13251-8_4
ISBN978-3-319-13250-1
Monat1
Jahr2015
Seiten47-66
Abstract

Change impact analysis is a challenging activity due to the usually huge number of dependencies that have to be considered. Nevertheless it is still often performed manually, relying on expert knowledge and intuition. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the practice of manual change impact analysis and to explore the benefits of tool support in the context of an industrial project. A study has been conducted with experienced developers estimating the changes necessary for implementing bug fixes and feature requests extracted from the project’s history. The results of the manual change impact analysis showed a low estimation performance, which could be improved with tool support to achieve a higher number of hits at the expense of more false positives.