Project Replayer – An Investigation Tool to Revisit Processes of Past Projects
In order to help knowledge acquisition and accumulation from past experiences, we propose a KFC (Knowledge Feedback Cycle) framework among engineers and researchers. Three tools (Empirical Project Monitor, Simulator, and Replayer) are used to circulate captured knowledge in KFC. Project Replayer is a most characteristic tool used to review data of past projects derived from development logs; version control, bug reports and e-mails. With Project Replayer, past projects can be easily revisited and complicated phenomena of past projects can be investigated. As a result of preliminary experiments, we have confirmed that Project Replayer helps researchers construct and validate hypotheses of software process. We also confirmed that developers have acquired new knowledge about a certain problem extracted from past projects.
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