The previous post touched on the need for more emphasis on evidence-based results in software engineering. This is a rapidly growing area of research—many of the papers at this year’s International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’09) presented, included, or referenced experiments or field studies of one kind or another.

Alongside this, there is growing interest in software engineering as a human activity, which has led many researchers to look at fields like social psychology. Some findings that might be particularly relevant to undergraduates working in teams touch on:

We will look at a handful of selected results during this course.