Analyzing the Effect of the Collaborative Interactions on Performance of Requirements Validation

Nelly Condori-Fernandez, Sergio España, Sergio España, Nicolaas Sikkel, Maia Daneva, Arturo Gonzlez

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    Abstract

    Context: Requirements validation is critical in the pursuit of quality software. It usually demands the collaboration of multiple stakeholders with different perspectives. Question: Our community has reported scarce experimental studies on the role of collaborative interaction in requirements validation. The goal of this study is to explore the effect of collaborative interactions on the performance of requirements validation. Principal ideas: We performed a quasi-experiment involving 118 bachelor students to act analysts, and 40 volunteering students from the Social Sciences department to act clients. The requirements were specified using UML activity diagrams. The overall performance is measured in terms of efficiency (missing requirements correctly identified in a time interval), and effectiveness (degree to which the validation yielded the correct result). Moreover, we measured also subjects’ satisfaction on collaboration (questionnaire). Contribution: We found that the teams composed exclusively of analysts showed better efficiency and effectiveness than mixed teams (client and analysts). However, for certain types of requirements, the mixed teams’ efficiency was superior. Also, the degree of satisfaction was higher among the clients than among the analysts. We end up with identifying future research topics.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication20th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality
    EditorsCamille Salinesi, Inge van de Weerd
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages216-231
    Number of pages16
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2014
    Event20th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality - ATLANTIC Congress Hotel, Essen, Germany
    Duration: 7 Apr 201410 Apr 2014
    Conference number: 20
    https://refsq.org/2014/

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Volume8396
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

    Conference

    Conference20th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality
    Abbreviated titleREFSQ 2014
    CountryGermany
    CityEssen
    Period7/04/1410/04/14
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • SCS-Services
    • EWI-25533
    • collaboration satisfaction
    • validation effectiveness
    • METIS-309798
    • requirements process performance
    • reviews-based validation
    • activity diagrams
    • IR-93643
    • validation efficiency

    Cite this

    Condori-Fernandez, N., España, S., España, S., Sikkel, N., Daneva, M., & Gonzlez, A. (2014). Analyzing the Effect of the Collaborative Interactions on Performance of Requirements Validation. In C. Salinesi, & I. van de Weerd (Eds.), 20th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (pp. 216-231). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 8396). Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05843-6_16