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This dissertation introduces the GoalBased Requirements Analysis Method (GBRAM) for the identification and refinement of goals into operational requirements for software
 

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Summary
This dissertation introduces the Goal­Based Requirements Analysis Method (GBRAM)
for the identification and refinement of goals into operational requirements for software­
based information systems. The method evolved as a result of its application to real
world systems and processes, and was validated through its application to the redesign
of a large commercial system. Further validation of the method was performed via an
empirical evaluation. From these evaluations it was concluded that the method's straight­
forward, methodical approach to identifying system and enterprise goals and requirements
suggests goal identification and refinement strategies and techniques through the inclusion
of a set of heuristics, guidelines, and recurring question types. Four sets of heuristics are
presented: identification heuristics, classification heuristics, refinement heuristics, and elab­
oration heuristics. The heuristics and guidelines are shown to be useful for identifying and
analyzing specified goals and beneficial for the refinement of these goals. The heuristics
and supporting inquiry include references to appropriate construction of scenarios and the
process by which they should be discussed and analyzed. A set of recurring question types
is presented to assist analysts in applying an inquiry­driven approach to goal­based analy­
sis. Formative and summative case studies serve as both the origin and validation of the
method presented.

  

Source: Antón, Annie I. - Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences