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Human Reliability and Software Development
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2014 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
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Human Reliability has been an important term within high-risk industries. The interest has emerged within software development to reduce human errors and their negative impact on software engineering. Human errors cost the software industry an enormous amount of time and money every year. SHERPA is a Human Reliability method made to suit several domains. However, the project report suggests that a few changes are necessary to suit software development. To evaluate SHERPA two phases of research was conducted, a focus group session and an experiment. The focus group session was conducted prior to the experiment. The focus group had two agendas, firstly to conduct a hierarchical task analysis, the first step of SHERPA, and secondly to discuss important aspects of a programming behavioral model. The findings from the focus group session were used to make adjustment to SHERPA before the experiment. The purpose of the experiment was to test SHERPA on a set of predefined tasks, and to investigate the adjustments made to SHERPA prior to the experiment. The findings from the experiment were discussed and used to evaluate SHERPA as well as the adjustments. A new version of SHERPA, more suitable for software development, is presented in this master thesis. After conducting two phases of research and data collection, it can be concluded, based on the results from this study, that SHERPA is a useful tool in exploring human errors in software development.

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Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2014. , 182 p.
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-26809Local ID: ntnudaim:11541OAI: diva2:751717
Available from: 2014-10-01 Created: 2014-10-01 Last updated: 2014-10-01Bibliographically approved

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