Presentation of the survey of VSEs developing software

In 1997, the Technical Council on Software Engineering responsible for IEEE Software Engineering Standards (SES) initiated a survey to capture information from software engineering standards users in order to improve those standards. They gathered 148 answers, mainly from the USA (79%) and large companies (87% of them  having more than 100 employees).  The purpose of this section is not to systematically compare the two sets of survey results. However, even though IEEE survey objectives differ from those of the ISO/IEC survey, there are some interesting common findings. The IEEE survey underscores the fact that ISO/IEC standards are often used in organizations rather than IEEE standards.  IEEE survey respondents also indicated that IEEE standards need to be improved, mainly by adding examples and templates and a life cycle process definition, and by providing support for metrics and measurement.

The WG24 survey was developed to question VSEs about their utilization of ISO/SC7 standards and to collect data to identify problems and potential solutions to help them apply standards and become more competitive. From the very beginning, the working group drew up several working hypotheses regarding VSEs. The survey was intended to validate some of these hypotheses, such as the following:

The survey questionnaire and an introductory text were developed by the WG24 and translated into 9 languages: English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish, Russian and Spanish. The survey is made up of 20 questions structured in 5 parts: General information, Information about standards utilization in VSEs, Information about implementation and assessment problems in VSEs, Information about VSE needs and Information about justification for compliance to standard(s).

A Web site, hosted by the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), was developed to maximize the number of responses and facilitate data collection and analysis. A mailing list was created using WG24 members' contact networks. We also contacted centers and software engineering professors dedicated to small software enterprises.

Respondents were informed that it would take a maximum of 15 minutes to complete the survey. They were informed that all data would be kept confidential, and that only summary results and project data that could not be matched to a specific VSE would be included in the published results.

In order to increase participation in the survey, WG24 promised to send all respondents a report presenting, anonymously, the survey results. The survey was launched in February 2006, and, as of October 2006, over 432 responses had been collected from 31 countries.

Country

Number of Responses

Country

Number of Responses

Argentina

2

Italy

2

Australia

10

Japan

3

Belgium

10

South Korea

4

Brazil

70

Luxembourg

3

Bulgaria

3

Mexico

20

Canada

10

New Zealand

1

Chile

1

Peru

4

Colombia

109

Russia

4

Czech Republic

3

South Africa

10

Dominican Republic

1

Spain

3

Ecuador

9

Taiwan

1

Finland

13

Thailand

58

France

4

Turkey

1

Germany

1

United Kingdom

2

India

57

United States

3

Ireland

10

 

 



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