In search of requirements analyst characteristics that influence requirements elicitation effectiveness: a quasi-experiment

Aranda López King, Alejandrina and Dieste Tubio, Oscar and Juristo Juzgado, Natalia (2012). In search of requirements analyst characteristics that influence requirements elicitation effectiveness: a quasi-experiment. In: "First Workshop on Managing the Influence of People and Team Factors in Software Engineering (INTEAMSE 2012)", 13-15 Jun 2012, Madrid, España. ISBN 978-3-642-31062-1. pp. 20-29.

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Title: In search of requirements analyst characteristics that influence requirements elicitation effectiveness: a quasi-experiment
Author/s:
  • Aranda López King, Alejandrina
  • Dieste Tubio, Oscar
  • Juristo Juzgado, Natalia
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: First Workshop on Managing the Influence of People and Team Factors in Software Engineering (INTEAMSE 2012)
Event Dates: 13-15 Jun 2012
Event Location: Madrid, España
Title of Book: PROFES'12 Proceedings of the 13th international conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement
Título de Revista/Publicación: INTEAMSE 2012 First Workshop on Managing the Influence of People and Team Factors in SE
Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-3-642-31062-1
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Quasi-experiment; Requirements elicitation; Effectiveness; Experience
Faculty: Facultad de Informática (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Context: Elicitation effectiveness depends on non-wellunderstood analyst?s skills and abilities. Identifying which analysts? characteristics have stronger influence on elicitation may help to improve requirements quality. Objective: Identify the analysts? characteristics that influence on the elicitation effectiveness. Method: We analyzed the impact of: the analyst?s experience in interviews, elicitation and requirements; their academic qualifications, the familiarity with problem domain and the time spent during the elicitation session in the effectiveness of the elicitation and subsequent consolidation of requirements, using a quasi-experiment. Results: The knowledge of the problem domain, the analysts? academic qualifications and the elicitation time do not appear to influence the effectiveness of the elicitation sessions. The analyst?s experience exerts a slight negative influence on the effectiveness of the elicitation session. The analyst?s experience and familiarity with problem domain adversely affect the consolidation process. Finally, the analyst?s academic qualifications have a strong positive impact(statistically significant) on the effectiveness of the consolidation process. Conclusions: Although the evidence is still scarce, it seems the analyst's confidence on his own experience may be harmful in some cases. Specific training in software requirements may yield much higher gains than non-specific analyst experience.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Madrid Regional GovernmentTIN-2011-23216UnspecifiedUniversidad Politécanica de MadridTecnologías para la replicación y síntesis de experimentos en IS

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Item ID: 39833
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/39833/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:39833
Official URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2368363&CFID=916628531&CFTOKEN=11174663
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 Mar 2017 10:41
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2017 10:41
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