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Reading Techniques for

Fault Detection


Methods such as inspections are considered most effective in removing defects during development. Inspections rely on effective reading techniques for success. However, most efforts have been associated with inspection methods that simply assume that the given document can be read effectively but techniques for reading particular documents, such as requirements specifications or test plans, do not exist. In cases where techniques do exist the required skills are neither taught nor practiced.


To define a set of reading techniques for the early detection of faults that can be usable in conjunction with existing methods, such as inspections. The techniques must be tailorable to the document being read and the goals of the organization for that document.


reading technique, system-wide reading, task-oriented reading, OO frameworks, framework learning, framework understanding, program comprehension, ET++, experimental software engineering


  • University of Maryland
  • NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center
  • References

    "The Empirical Investigation of Perspective-Based Reading",
    V. Basili, S. Green , O. Laitenberger , F. Lanubile, F. Shull, S. Soerumgaard, and M. Zelkowitz, Empirical Software Engineering: An International Journal , vol. 1, no. 2, 1996. (Also available as Technical Report ISERN-96-06.)
    " Packaging researcher experience to assist replication of experiments", by V. R. Basili, S. Green , O. Laitenberger, F. Lanubile, F. Shull, S. Sorumgard, and M. Zelkowitz, Proc. of the ISERN meeting 1996, Sydney, Australia.
    " "Studies on reading techniques",
    by V. Basili, G. Caldiera, F. Lanubile, and F. Shull,
    Proc. of the Twenty-First Annual Software Engineering Workshop, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, December 1996, Software Engineering Laboratory Series, SEL-96-002, pp. 59-65.

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