What if you could reduce cost for a Quality Attributes Workshop (QAW) without sacrificing results? For software-development teams that need an effective yet inexpensive method for eliciting quality requirements with stakeholders, the mini-QAW is a lean workshop that quickly and cost-effectively helps teams identify and prioritize quality attribute scenarios. Unlike the traditional QAW, the mini-QAW substitutes time-consuming, ceremonial activities with equally effective group activities that better promote collaboration and understanding as quickly and cheaply as possible. The mini-QAW achieves this through a quality attributes taxonomy, a clearly defined subset of quality attributes tuned to the presumptive concerns of your stakeholders. The mini-QAW leverages this taxonomy in three primary ways:
In this presentation, we describe the mini-QAW, provide concrete examples, and share advice for facilitating workshops based on our experiences conducting mini-QAWs. Attendees will gain the knowledge necessary to facilitate a mini-QAW, tailor a quality attributes taxonomy, and create a TBQ to fit their specific needs.