Report from an Experiment: Impact of Documentation on Maintenance

@article{Tryggeseth1997ReportFA,
  title={Report from an Experiment: Impact of Documentation on Maintenance},
  author={Eirik Tryggeseth},
  journal={Empirical Software Engineering},
  year={1997},
  volume={2},
  pages={201-207}
}
I report results and experiences from an experiment to assess the impact of documentation availability on the productivity of maintainers which are inexperienced with a certain application. A C++ reading and writing test determined a partitioning of the 34 subjects (undergraduates) into two categories with similar average and variance on the skill variable. An analysis of the experiment data showed that subjects who had system documentation available (category B) used significantly less time to… CONTINUE READING
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