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ICSE 2020
Mon 5 - Sun 11 October 2020 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tue 6 Oct 2020 14:00 - 14:15 at TBD5 - Bug Analysis

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.

Tue 6 Oct

14:00 - 15:40: Paper Presentations - Bug Analysis at TBD5
icse-2020-Journal-First14:00 - 14:15
Carlos Gavidia-CalderonUniversity College London, Federica SarroUniversity College London, UK, Mark HarmanFacebook and University College London, Earl BarrUniversity College London
icse-2020-Journal-First14:15 - 14:30
Luciano BaresiPolitecnico di Milano, Alberto LevaPolitecnico di Milano, Giovanni QuattrocchiPolitecnico di Milano
icse-2020-Journal-First14:30 - 14:45
Jie M. ZhangUniversity College London, UK, Feng Li, Dan HaoPeking University, Meng WangUniversity of Bristol, UK, Hao TangPeking University, Lu ZhangPeking University, Mark HarmanFacebook and University College London
icse-2020-Journal-First14:45 - 15:00
Ivan BeschastnikhComputer Science, University of British Columbia, Perry LiuUniversity of British Columbia, Albert XingUniversity of British Columbia, Patty WangUniversity of British Columbia, Yuriy BrunUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, Michael D. ErnstUniversity of Washington, USA
DOI Pre-print
icse-2020-papers15:00 - 15:20
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-Software-Engineering-in-Practice15:20 - 15:40
Shuyue LiXi'an Jiaotong University, Jiaqi GuoXi'an Jiaotong University, Ming FanXi'an Jiaotong University, Jian-Guang LouMicrosoft Research, Qinghua ZhengXi'an Jiaotong University, Ting LiuXi'an Jiaotong University