Zickert & Beck (2010) Assessing Project Effort in Requirements Engineering

Citation Zickert, F., Beck, R. (2010). Assessing Project Effort in Requirements Engineering: A Report on Design Research in Progress. , 490–505. URL

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@article{zickert2010assessing,
author = {Zickert, Frank and Beck, Roman},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-13335-0_34},
isbn = {3-642-13334-7, 978-3-642-13334-3},
pages = {490--505},
title = {{Assessing Project Effort in Requirements Engineering: A Report on Design Research in Progress}},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-13335-0_34},
year = {2010}
}

Abstract

In this paper we report on our design research in progress, where we have developed an artifact that assesses project effort resulting from requirements Based on models used in the goal-oriented requirements engineering method KAOS, the artifact measures system size via function point analysis and analyzes system complexity via structural analysis In addition, we provide theoretical explanations and empirically validate how size and structural complexity affect project effort Overall effort depends on counted functions that must be transformed, since software development can be regarded as a transformation process where size matters Structural complexity matters as well, since software development is also a complex problem, where effort spent depends on the structure of the problem Insights from empirical evaluation in three software development projects are encouraging, wherefore we believe that the artifact appropriately assesses project effort Furthermore, our artifact increases the utility of KAOS by providing additional information on project effort.

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