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Illuminating Patterns of Perception: An Overview of Q Methodology

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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • SEI Identifier: CMU/SEI-2004-TN-026
  • Type: Technical Note
  • Topics: Process Improvement
  • Description: This 2004 technical note describes ways for applying Q methodology, a research method with a proven history for illuminating agreement and differences among individual and group perceptions, to assist software engineering processes.

Abstract

Q methodology is a research method with a proven history for illuminating agreement and differences among individual and group perceptions. This technical note describes ways for applying Q methodology to assist software engineering processes. As a project management tool, it can help to articulate system requirements and project risk. It can also be used to identify many of the hidden risks and costs associated with system efforts. Q methodology complements a project manager's suite of methodologies and tools by providing a means for uncovering stakeholder perceptions of incorrectly specified requirements, looming risks, and hidden costs. In doing so, it provides stakeholders and project managers with additional insights for troubleshooting project threats.

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SEI

Brown, Mary. Illuminating Patterns of Perception: An Overview of Q Methodology (CMU/SEI-2004-TN-026). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6975

IEEE

Brown. Mary, "Illuminating Patterns of Perception: An Overview of Q Methodology," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2004-TN-026, 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6975

APA

Brown, Mary. (2004). Illuminating Patterns of Perception: An Overview of Q Methodology (CMU/SEI-2004-TN-026). Retrieved August 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6975

CHI

Mary Brown. Illuminating Patterns of Perception: An Overview of Q Methodology (CMU/SEI-2004-TN-026). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6975

MLA

Brown, Mary. 2004. Illuminating Patterns of Perception: An Overview of Q Methodology (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2004-TN-026). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6975