Asynchronous negotiation and collaboration of software requirements for an emergency response information system: An empirical investigation

Catherine Lowry Campbell, Bartel A. Van De Walle, Fadi Deek

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Abstract

Negotiation and collaboration during the requirements stage of the software engineering process are fundamental to developing successful software products. Groups of stakeholders work together to come to agreement on the most important requirements to be sent forward for implementation. Distributed software engineering is becoming the norm rather than the exception, yet the requirements elicitation and definition process is normally conducted face to face. This paper describes an empirical study to investigate the relationship between structured task and specified negotiation steps within an asynchronous environment. The results reveal that these structures can have a positive impact on solution quality but a negative impact on process satisfaction, although following a negotiation sequence and task structure can help asynchronous groups come to agreement faster. Details of the experimental procedures, statistical analysis, and discussion of the results of the experiment are presented, as are suggestions for improving this work and a plan for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISCRAM 2005 - 2nd International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
PublisherRoyal Flemish Academy of Belgium
Pages5-11
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9076971099, 9789076971094
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Event2nd International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2005 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: Apr 18 2005Apr 20 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of ISCRAM 2005 - 2nd International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2005
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period4/18/054/20/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems

Keywords

  • Asynchronous communication
  • Collaborative software engineering
  • Emergency response information systems
  • Negotiation support
  • Requirements engineering
  • Software requirements

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