State of the Practice Survey

  1. Posted on July 4, 2009 9:21:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
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Construx has developed the State of the Practice Survey with the goal of better understanding which software practices really work, which really don't work, and identify trends in practice adoption.

Survey participants will receive a summary report of the findings later this year in advance of the published report.

I hope you will share your views about the state of the practices in your organization. No one outside Construx will see any of the raw data, and information you share will be presented only in the form of summary statistics.

I invite you to participate in the survey:

Alex said:

July 5, 2009 8:59:PM

Is this report going to be scientific, in that methodology and threats to validity will be published in a peer-reviewed journal? Or will it be like the Standish reports, hidden from scrutiny and useless for drawing conclusions?

Steve McConnell said:

July 5, 2009 10:59:PM


Fortunately the two options you mentioned are not the only two options possible. The methodology of our study will be described in a future white paper (i.e,. it won't be "hidden from scrutiny"), but we don't have any intent to submit the results to a peer reviewed journal.

Andy said:

July 8, 2009 11:39:AM

You posted this July 4th?

ANSH @chemistry educational software said:

July 25, 2009 11:50:AM


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Steve McConnell

Steve McConnell is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software where he consults to a broad range of industries, teaches seminars, and oversees Construx’s software development practices. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds.

Steve is the author of Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (2006), Code Complete (1993, 2004), Rapid Development (1996), Software Project Survival Guide (1998), and Professional Software Development (2004). His books twice won Software Development magazine's Jolt Excellence award for outstanding software development book of the year.

Steve has served as Editor in Chief of IEEE Software magazine, on the Panel of Experts of the SWEBOK project, and as Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Practices Committee.

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a Master’s degree in software engineering from Seattle University.
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