Scientific empirical evidences on TDD effectiveness

Here the known empirical studies about effectiveness of TDD:
  1. IMPROVING BUSINESS AGILITY THROUGH TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS: A Case Study on Test-Driven Development in Mobile Software Development, 2005
    1 study in industrial context

  2. Test driven development: empirical body of evidence, 2006
    7 studies documented in industrial context
    6 studies documented in academic context
    conducted between 2001-2005

  3. TDD--The Art of Fearless Programming, 2007
    10 studies documented in industrial context
    9 studies documented in academic context
    conducted between 2001-2007

  4. A Survey of Evidence for Test Driven Development in Academia, 2008
    18 studies documented in academic context
    conducted between 2002-2008

  5. Measuring the impact of testing on code structure in Test Driven Development: metrics and empirical analysis, 2009
    2 studies in academic context

  6. Madeyski, L.  2010. Test-Driven Development: An Empirical Evaluation of Agile Practice, Springer.

  7. Madeyski, L.  2006. The Impact of Pair Programming and Test-Driven Development on Package Dependencies in Object-Oriented Design - An Experiment. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4034:278-289, Springer

Documents 2, 3 and 4 already list and summarize a lot of other papers not directly mentioned  here.

Overall the empirical studies report an increased quality as reduced bugs around 40% (range from 5% to >200%), an improved effort around 15% (range from improved productivity to duplicated effort) and a reduced code complexity.

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