Assessing test-driven development at IBM

  title={Assessing test-driven development at IBM},
  author={E. M. Maximilien and L. Williams},
  journal={25th International Conference on Software Engineering, 2003. Proceedings.},
In a software development group of IBM Retail Store Solutions, we built a non-trivial software system based on a stable standard specification using a disciplined, rigorous unit testing and build approach based on the test-driven development (TDD) practice. Using this practice, we reduced our defect rate by about 50 percent compared to a similar system that was built using an ad-hoc unit testing approach. The project completed on time with minimal development productivity impact. Additionally… Expand
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