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A conceptual model of client-driven agile requirements prioritization: results of a case study

Published on Sep 16, 2010 in ESEM (Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement)
· DOI :10.1145/1852786.1852837
Zornitza Racheva7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UT: University of Twente),
Maya Daneva22
Estimated H-index: 22
(UT: University of Twente),
Andrea Herrmann10
Estimated H-index: 10
Abstract
Requirements (re)prioritization is an essential mechanism of agile development approaches to maximize the value for the clients and to accommodate changing requirements. Yet, in the agile Requirements Engineering (RE) literature, very little is known about how agile (re)prioritization happens in practice. Conceptual models about this process are missing, which, in turn, makes it difficult for both practitioners and researchers to reason about requirements decision-making at inter-iteration time. We did a multiple case study on agile requirements prioritization methods to yield a conceptual model for understanding the inter-iteration prioritization process. The model is derived by using interview data from practitioners in 8 development organizations. Such a model makes explicit the concepts that are used tacitly in the agile requirements prioritization practice and can be used for structuring future empirical investigations about this topic, and for analyzing, supporting, and improving the process in real-life projects.
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