An Industry-Academic Partnership that Worked: An In Progress Report

Author(s): Susan Macke, Soheil Khajenoori, Jeff New, Iraj Hirmanpour, Jed Coxon, Anna Ceberio, Bob Manente
Venue: Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Software Engineering Education
Date: 1996

Sample Size: 9
Class/Experience Level: Professional
Data Collection Method: Project Artifact(s)


Type of Experiment: Experience Report

This report relates the experiences of Motorola’s program to introduce PSP into their organization. The effort was undertaken in the form of a partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. At this point in time, the PSP wasn’t widely used in industry so this was an early attempt to integrate the process that had shown so much promise in the classroom, into industry. As part of the effort a group of engineers took the standard 10 week PSP course. This report was filed while the integration project was still in process so the authors are not able to present finalized data regarding the efficacy of the process in industry. The focus of the study was to report on how effective collaboration between a university and industry could be.

The empirical data related to PSP that was presented in this study is minimal. Summary data showed that defects found in the compile and testing phase dropped after the 7th program. This is customary as the PSP step that introduces formal design occurs after the 7th program. Also notable was that the amount of testing time dropped after the formal design test was introduced. The goal of the PSP is to maximize defect detection early in the process.