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Ethics Committee, Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Software Development Survey

Participant Information


In 2006 we carried out a survey of software developers and graduate students undertaking software development to gather information about the types of design processes they followed.
In particular we investigated whether or not they were using user-centered design for their interface development, and which (if any) formal methods they used within their development process.
Ten years on we wish to repeat the study to see what (if anything) has changed.

What is this research project about?

Investigating design and development methods used by New Zealand software developer professionals and New Zealand graduate students.
Comparing results to those of the same study undertaken ten years ago.

What will you have to do and how long will it take?

Complete an online survey which will take between 10-15 minutes.

What will happen to the information collected?

The information collected will be used by the researcher to compare to data collected in the previous study undertaken ten years ago.
Written articles, conference papers and presentations may be the outcome of the research.
Only the researcher will be privy to the data entered into the online survey.
After analysis all paperwork relating to data and analysis of that data will be stored in the FCMS data archive.
No participants will be named in the publications and all data will be anonymised.
The online survey will not require you to enter identifying data (name, organisation name etc.) you will be provided with a participant number purely for the purpose of contacting the researcher if you wish to withdraw from the study.
Upon conclusion of the study all data will be downloaded from the survey software and the survey taken offline.
Only the researcher will have access to the online data.
No participants will be named in the publications and every effort will be made to disguise their identity.

Declaration to participants

If you take part in the study, you have the right to:

Who is responsible?

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact:
Judy Bowen, jbowen@waikato.ac.nz

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