The top 10 burning research questions from practitioners

Freudenberg, SallyAnn and Sharp, Helen (2010). The top 10 burning research questions from practitioners. IEEE Software, 27(5) pp. 8–9.




A common and frequent complaint from software practitioners is that academic research doesn't meet their requirements or expectations - in short, that researchers are wasting their time. At the XP 2010 conference in Trondheim in June, this question was met head-on in the context of agile software development in a panel entitled "Is Agile research dead in the water?". The panel and audience identified a worrying disconnect between the research that is taking place and the practitioner community on which it is based and for which it is produced. This article introduces the top ten research topics suggested by practitioners.

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