A Discussion of the Impact of Judgmental Heuristics on Elicitation during Requirements Engineering

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Abstract

A stakeholder decides which information to share during requirements elicitation. These decisions are made under uncertainty: stakeholders may not have precise, concrete, and complete information about their own expectations from, or about the environment of the system-To-be, they may misunderstand information which a requirements engineer gives them, and they may not have perfect knowledge about the various opportunities that the current technology may offer. Stakeholders' decision-making is therefore likely to involve the use of heuristics. Understanding if stakeholders do indeed use heuristics during requirements elicitation, and if so, then which ones, should help understand requirements elicitation better, and design methods which can stimulate positive heuristics (those which help elicit relevant requirements) and mitigate negative ones. This paper defines what an elicitation heuristic may be, and proposes a set of research questions under the form of a matrix for the theoretical and empirical study of elicitation heuristics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings RCIS 2019 - IEEE 13th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science: Towards a Design Science for Information Systems
EditorsManuel Kolp, Jean Vanderdonckt, Monique Snoeck, Yves Wautelet
PublisherIEEE Computer society
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728148441
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
Event13th IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, RCIS 2019 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 29 May 201931 May 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science
Volume2019-May
ISSN (Print)2151-1349
ISSN (Electronic)2151-1357

Conference

Conference13th IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, RCIS 2019
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period29/05/1931/05/19

Keywords

  • Elicitation
  • Judgmental Heuristics
  • Requirements

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