Empirical Assessment of Test-driven Development


Principal Investigator
Burak Turhan
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Start date
01 September 2014
End Date
31 August 2018
Funding Organization
Academy of Finland
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  • Dr. Hakan Erdogmus @ Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley
  • Prof. Natalia Juristo @ Tecnical University of Madrid
  • Dr. Ayse Tosun @ Istanbul Technical University
  • Prof. Martin Shepperd @ Brunel University London
  • Dr. Giuseppe Scanniello @ University of Basilicata
  • Dr. Marko Kuhrmann @ University of Southern Denmark

Public Project Description

Despite the efforts to pinpoint the effects of applying TDD, there are still many unknowns about it, posing important challenges with highly practical impact. This project will address these challenges with the goal of understanding the dynamics of test-driven development through empirical studies (controlled experiments and case studies) with students and professionals using a variety of realistic tasks, and replicating the studies over the course of the project to achieve a proper sample size. A multitude of factors will be controlled for in the analyses, especially process conformance, and recommender tools will be developed for easier adoption of TDD.