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ICSE 2020
Wed 24 June - Thu 16 July 2020
Sat 11 Jul 2020 15:20 - 15:28 at Goguryeo - A26-Bugs and Repair Chair(s): Davide Falessi

Priority inflation occurs when a QA engineer or a project manager requesting a feature inflates the priority of their task so that developers deliver the fix or the new functionality faster. We survey developers and show that priority inflation occurs and misallocates developer time. We are the first to apply empirical game-theoretic analysis (EGTA) to a software engineering problem, specifically priority inflation. First, we extract prioritisation strategies from 42,620 issues from Apache’s JIRA, then use TaskAssessor, our EGTA-based modelling approach, to confirm conventional wisdom and show that the common process of a QA engineer assigning priority labels is susceptible to priority inflation. We then show that the common mitigation strategy of having a bug triage team assigning priorities does not resolve priority inflation and slows development. We then use mechanism design to devise assessor-throttling, a new, lightweight prioritisation process, immune to priority inflation. We show that assessor-throttling resolves 97% of high priority tasks, 69% better than simply relying on those filing tasks to assign their priorities. Finally, we present TheFed, a browser extension for Chrome that supports assessor-throttling.

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15:00 - 16:00: Paper Presentations - A26-Bugs and Repair at Goguryeo
Chair(s): Davide FalessiCalifornia Polytechnic State University
icse-2020-papers15:00 - 15:12
Mingyuan WuSouthern University of Science and Technology, Yicheng OuyangSouthern University of Science and Technology, Husheng ZhouThe University of Texas at Dallas, Lingming ZhangThe University of Texas at Dallas, Cong LiuUT Dallas, Yuqun ZhangSouthern University of Science and Technology
icse-2020-Journal-First15:12 - 15:20
Luciano BaresiPolitecnico di Milano, Alberto LevaPolitecnico di Milano, Giovanni QuattrocchiPolitecnico di Milano
icse-2020-Journal-First15:20 - 15:28
Carlos Gavidia-CalderonUniversity College London, Federica SarroUniversity College London, UK, Mark HarmanFacebook and University College London, Earl T. BarrUniversity College London, UK
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icse-2020-Journal-First15:28 - 15:36
Anil KoyuncuUniversity of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Kui LiuNanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tegawendé F. BissyandéSnT, University of Luxembourg, Dongsun KimFuriosa.ai, Jacques KleinUniversity of Luxembourg, SnT, Martin MonperrusKTH Royal Institute of Technology, Yves Le TraonUniversity of Luxembourg
icse-2020-Journal-First15:36 - 15:44
Paul MunteanTU Munich, Martin MonperrusKTH Royal Institute of Technology, Hao SunUnaffiliated, Jens GrossklagsTechnical University of Munich, Claudia EckertTechnical University of Munich
icse-2020-papers15:44 - 15:56
Yi LiNew Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, Shaohua WangNew Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, Tien N. NguyenUniversity of Texas at Dallas