SURVEY - Mobile Software Development

This survey aims at improving our understanding of characteristics and practices in the development of software for mobile devices, such as cell phones, tablets, etc. The results of the survey will be used as a starting point to identify specific needs in the area of mobile software engineering. The research is coordinated by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christiane Gresse von Wangenheim, PMP at the GQS – Software Quality Group at the INCoD - National Research Institute on Digital Convergence (http:// at UFSC - Federal University of Santa Catarina/Brazil. The survey is open to anyone who is involved in the development of mobile software, because we feel that your experience in the context of mobile software development can contribute much to our understanding of the current state of practice. Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary. If you accept, we would like to ask you to answer this questionnaire , which should take you about 20-30 minutes. All responses will remain confidential. Information that we collect from this questionnaire will be shared only in a summarized way, not enabling the identification of individual answers. Survey results will be made public and will be available at the INCoD website (http:// If you have any questions, please contact us: Christiane Gresse von Wangenheim ( Please feel free to circulate this survey amongst your colleagues.
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Product Characteristics

Effectiveness: accurracy and completenees with which users achieve specified goals.
Efficiency: resources (HR, materials or financial cost) expended to achieve goals.
Satisfaction: degree to which users needs are satisfied when a system is used in a specified context of use (usefulness, pleasure, trust, comfort).
Safety: degree to which a system mitigates the potential risk to economic status, human life health or the environment.
Context coverage: degree to which a system can be used in both specified contexts of use and in contexts beyond those initially identified.

Functional suitability: degree to which a system provides functions that meet stated and implied needs when used under specified conditions.
Performance efficiency: relative to the amount of resources used under stated conditions.
Compatibility: degree to which a system can exchange information with other products while sharing the same environment.
Usability: degree to which a system can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals.
Reliability: degree to which a system performs specified functions under specified conditions for a specified period of time.
Security: degree to which a system protects information and data so that persons or other systems have the degree of data access appropriate to their types and levels of authorization.
Maintainability: degree of effectiveness and efficiency with which a system can be modified.
Portability: degree of effectiveness and efficiency with which a system can be transferred from environment to another.

Process Characteristics


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