ESPA Research Project

Towards Evidence-Based Software Quality: Practices and Assessment

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ESPA is a joint research project conducted by the Software Business and Engineering Institute (SoberIT) at Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and the Technology Business Research Center (TBRC) at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). ESPA contains of two sub projects: SQUID at HUT and MASTO at LUT.

ESPA research project helps organizations choose the most suitable software quality practices in different contexts and thereby optimize quality assurance costs and benefits. The project results include a goal and evidence-based method for quality practice selection and improvement, and an adaptive reference model for software testing.

ESPA spans the time period 4/2008 – 3/2011. The total three-year budget is 2M€. ESPA employs the equivalent of seven full-time researchers.