Effect of domain knowledge on elicitation effectiveness: an internally replicated controlled experiment

Aranda López King, Alejandrina and Dieste Tubio, Oscar and Juristo Juzgado, Natalia (2016). Effect of domain knowledge on elicitation effectiveness: an internally replicated controlled experiment. "IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering", v. 42 (n. 5); pp. 427-451. ISSN 0098-5589. https://doi.org/10.1109/TSE.2015.2494588.

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Title: Effect of domain knowledge on elicitation effectiveness: an internally replicated controlled experiment
Author/s:
  • Aranda López King, Alejandrina
  • Dieste Tubio, Oscar
  • Juristo Juzgado, Natalia
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Date: 2016
ISSN: 0098-5589
Volume: 42
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Controlled experiment; Domain knowledge; Requirements elicitation; Internal replication
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (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. Requirements elicitation is a highly communicative activity in which human interactions play a critical role. A number of analyst characteristics or skills may influence elicitation process effectiveness. Aim. Study the influence of analyst problem domain knowledge on elicitation effectiveness. Method. We executed a controlled experiment with post-graduate students. The experimental task was to elicit requirements using open interview and consolidate the elicited information immediately afterwards. We used four different problem domains about which students had different levels of knowledge. Two tasks were used in the experiment, whereas the other two were used in an internal replication of the experiment; that is, we repeated the experiment with the same subjects but with different domains. Results. Analyst problem domain knowledge has a small but statistically significant effect on the effectiveness of the requirements elicitation activity. The interviewee has a big positive and significant influence, as does general training in requirements activities and interview experience. Conclusion. During early contacts with the customer, a key factor is the interviewee; however, training in tasks related to requirements elicitation and knowledge of the problem domain helps requirements analysts to be more effective

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainTIN2011-23216UnspecifiedUniversidad Politécnica de MadridTecnologías para la replicación y síntesis de experimentos en IS

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Item ID: 44800
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/44800/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:44800
DOI: 10.1109/TSE.2015.2494588
Official URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=7307191
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 09 Mar 2017 15:50
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019 17:49
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