Observation as a Data Collection Technique
for Software Engineering Research
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil
Part of the Empirical Software Engineering International Week (ESEIW) 2019
How can you observe an activity that mostly happens inside someone’s head?
Good question! Come to IASESE 2019 and find out!
Led by Carolyn Seaman from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), an ISERN member,
this full-day school will cover several different observation techniques, including think-aloud,
shadowing, and participant observation, in particular how they can be used to study software
development teams. We will also talk about choices to be made in the design of an observation study,
specific data collection and analysis techniques, and some common pitfalls. There will be some lecture,
but also a lot of open discussion and hands-on exercises.