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Carrot and Stick approaches revisited when managing Technical Debt in an educational context

26 de May del 2021






Our colleague Mario Piattini has collaborated in a research carried out by Yania Crespo and Arturo Gonzalez-Escribano from the University of Valladolid on Technical Debt presented at the TechDebt 2021 conference.

In this has been presented at the 4th edition of the International Conference on Technical Debt (TechDebt 2021) held in conjunction with the ICSE (International Conference on Software Engineering) from May 19-21, 2021, the paper Carrot and Stick approaches revisited when managing Technical Debt in an educational context which collects the results of training Software Engineering students in technical debt.

The article analyzes the effect of two assessment strategies in an educational context: one based on penalization and the other based on reward. Both are applied to tasks in which students develop a project focused on maintaining a low level of technical debt and obtaining high quality code, using the SonarQube tool. The empirical study to determine which of the strategies works best to help students keep The empirical study to determine which strategy works best to help students maintain low Technical Debt determines that (in at least 5 of the 8 metrics analyzed), the reward strategy is shown to work much better.


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